Officials Claim Ecuador Will Grant Julian Assange Asylum

The Ecuadorian president has denied the rumors, saying that his government’s decision will not be cemented until the end of the week, but this seems like a positive development. The Guardian reports:

Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, has agreed to grant Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador’s government have said. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at Ecuador’s London embassy since 19 June, when he officially requested political asylum.

“Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange,” said an official in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, who is familiar with the government discussions.

On Monday, Correa told state-run ECTV that he would decide this week whether to grant asylum to Assange. Correa said a large amount of material about international law had to be examined to make a responsible, informed decision.

It remains unclear if Assange will be allowed to leave Britain and fly to Ecuador, or amounts to little more than a symbolic gesture. At the moment he faces arrest as soon as he leaves the embassy for breaching his bail conditions.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    this little cat and mouse game is far from over
    and the cat has things rigged in its favor

    Hell hath no fury like Big Homelander scorned.

  • http://twitter.com/Clayton_H_ Clayton Hunter

    I have a feeling he’ll be fucked soon enough. Sadly. 

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Why Ecuador? I think that’s a pretty important question. 

  • Marklar_Prime

    The UK seems to have already decided to storm the Ecuadorian embassy if necessary. Even if they don’t however it will require Ecuador granting Assange Ambassadorial status to get him out of there.

  • BrainofJFK

    Hell most likely “commit suicide” like that DC madam did years ago. Seems having mountains of incriminating evidence against government officials is just too much for ones conscience to bear!

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2008/05/dc_madam_believed_a_suicide_in.html

  • zhenghe253

    tinyurl.com/cyk9xz2

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