Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador embassy
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador’s London embassy, the country’s foreign minister has said.
“Ecuador is studying and analysing the request,” Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito.
Last week the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed Mr Assange’s bid to reopen an appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes he denies.
The Foreign Office says it will work with Ecuador to resolve the situation.
On 14 July the Supreme Court gave him until 28 June before extradition proceedings can start.
He says the allegations are politically-motivated.
Swedish prosecutors want to question him over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former Wikileaks volunteers in mid-2010 but have not filed any charges.
Mr Assange, whose Wikileaks website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses, claims the sex was consensual.
whatever you think of assange the facts are he has been abandoned by Australia..as bob carr rushes to tripoli to help an ICC lawyer get out of detention they allow this guy to be played by the USA..shame..