Ecaudor grants political asylum to Wikileaks founder Assange

Ecaudor grants political asylum to Wikileaks founder Assange

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Police stand guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, is seeking asylum on August 15, 2012 in London, England. Mr Assange has been living inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 19, 2012 after requesting political asylum whilst facing extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. According to officials within Ecuador's government, Assange is to be granted asylum. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 6:59 AM

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador says it is granting political asylum to WiliLeaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador found that Assange faces a real threat of political persecution including the threat of extradition to the United States, where Patino said the Australian would not get a fair trial and could face the death penalty.

 

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