Should Ecuador grant Julian Assange asylum?
LONDON — Embattled WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange took
refuge Tuesday in Ecuador's embassy in London and is seeking political
asylum, his organization and the South American nation said.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the leftist
government of President Rafael Correa was weighing the request. He did
not indicate when a decision might be made.
The move comes less than a week after Britain's Supreme
Court rejected Assange's bid to reopen his attempts to block extradition
to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning after two women accused
him of sexual misconduct during a visit to the country in mid-2010. He
denies the allegations.
"I am grateful to the Ecuadorian ambassador and the government of
Ecuador for considering my application," Assange said in a brief
WikiLeaks confirmed its leader's request for political asylum on its
Twitter account, but calls, texts, and emails seeking further comment
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