“As Mr. Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy,
he is on diplomatic territory
and beyond the reach of the British police,”
the Foreign Office said as cited by Sky News.
“Ecuador is studying and analyzing the request.“
Ricardo Patino, Ecuador’s foreign minister
Assange asks for political asylum in Ecuador
19 June, 2012
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange wrote directly to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, saying he was being persecuted and could not return to his homeland, where he would be vulnerable to extradition to “a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.”
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a big fan of WikiLeaks, is now reportedly studying Julian Assange’s request. Last month Correa told Assange in an interview that it is time to get rid of false stereotypes depicting wicked governments persecuting saint-like journalists and news outlets and welcomed him to the “club of the persecuted.
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