Conflict & Justice

Julian Assange: Ecuador Grants Wikileaks Founder Asylum

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Julian Assange (Photo: BBC)

From BBC news: Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK.

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It said there were fears Assange's human rights might be violated.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino accused the UK of making an "open threat" to enter its embassy to arrest Assange.

Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.

The Australian national said being granted political asylum by Ecuador was a "significant victory" and thanked staff in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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