Ecuador decides to grant WikiLeaks' Assange asylum

AFP , Thursday 16 Aug 2012

Ecuador decides to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Photo: Reuters)

Ecuador announced Thursday it has decided to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the country's embassy in London to avert extradition to Sweden.

"The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition to protect those who seek refuge with us at our diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr Assange," Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said at a news conference.

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