Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum

The left wing Ecuadoran government gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asylum and set the stage for a diplmoatic row with Great Britain. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in June and the British government has made it clear if he attempts to leave, he will be arrested. New York Times: The announcement was made by the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, at a news conference in Quito, where the government set a defiant tone over pressure from Britain. Just before the announcement, President Rafael Correa said: "No one is going to terrorize us!" .Mr. Patiño said he hoped Britain would permit Mr. Assange to leave the embassy in London for Ecuador - a request Britain has rejected, saying it has a legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange to Sweden, where is wanted to face questioning about allegations of sexual misbehavior. The minister said his government had taken the decision after the authorities in Britain, Sweden and the United States had...(Read Full Post)