Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Asylum
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. Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces arrest over assault and rape claims. Despite the asylum, the UK government will still seek to arrest Assange and it will not grant him safe passage. If he steps out of the embassy, he will be arrested.
Announcing Ecuador's decision, Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said the country was being loyal to its tradition of protecting those who were vulnerable. "We trust that our friendship with the United Kingdom will remain intact," he added.
Recommended For You
- > Being a Christian Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Should
- > Shia LaBeouf On Becoming a Christian: 'It's a Real Thing That Really Saved Me.'
- > When Risking it All for God Means Staying Where You Are
- > This WWI Christmas Ad Is the Best Commercial You’ll See Today
- > What the Continued Crucifying Of Rob Bell Says About Modern Christianity