Ecuador to Grant WikiLeaks Founder Political Asylum (Report)

Julian Assange - arrives at the High Court in central London - P - 2011
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It isn't clear though if Julian Assange could actually leave London as police have said he faces arrest once he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy.

LONDON -- Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has decided to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum, the Guardian reported Tuesday, citing government officials in the Latin American country.

Assange walked into the Ecuadorian embassy in London in mid-June and has been holed up there since.

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"Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange," an official in Ecuador told the Guardian. "We see Assange's request as a humanitarian issue."

It wasn't immediately clear though if the WikiLeaks founder would actually be allowed to leave the U.K. as London police have said he faces arrest as soon as he leaves the embassy after breaching the conditions of his bail.

Ecuador's decision is expected to face a backlash from the governments in Britain, the U.S. and Sweden.

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Assange in June walked into the embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about alleged sex offences. He did so just days after the U.K. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal against extradition to Sweden.


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