QUITO, Ecuador âEU" EcuadorâEUTMs foreign minister said Tuesday that WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nationâEUTMs embassy in London and is seeking political asylum.
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Ecuador is weighing the request.The move comes less than a week after BritainâEUTMs Supreme Court rejected AssangeâEUTMs 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.
His legal struggle to stay in Britain has dragged on for the better part of two years, clouding his websiteâEUTMs work exposing the worldâEUTMs secrets.
Patino told a news conference that Assange had written to leftist President Rafael Correa saying he was being persecuted and seeking asylum.
He said that Assange, who is Australian, had argued that âEUoethe authorities in his country will not defend his minimum guarantees in front of any government or ignore the obligation to protect a politically persecuted citizen.âEU
He said it was impossible for him to return to his homeland because it would not protect him from being extradited to âEUoea foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.âEU
The reference is presumably to the United States. Assange claims the U.S. has secretly indicted him for divulging American secrets and will act on the indictment if Sweden succeeds in extraditing him from Britain.
Assange shot to international prominence in 2010 with the release of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents, including a hard-to-watch video that showed U.S. forces gunning down a crowd of Iraqi civilians and journalists whom they had mistaken for insurgents.
Australian authorities have cooperated with the United States in investigating WikiLeaksâEUTM conduct. The Australians have concluded that Assange has broken no Australian law.
so he breaks his 200K bail holding up in a ecuadorian embassy still claiming innocence. if he were innocent he wouldn't have done this and set a example of a innocent man because this makes him look even more guilty.