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Thursday, August 16, 2012

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Granted Asylum In Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. (AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London. (AP)

Julian Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, but Ecaudor’s foreign minister said Thursday that the WikiLeaks founder is being granted asylum in the Latin American country.

The question remains though, will Britain allow Assange to leave the embassy, go to the airport and leave the country? Assange entered the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault allegations. He says he’s afraid he would be eventually extradited to the US to face espionage charges because WikiLeaks released thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

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  • The BBC’s Irene Caselli in London.

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