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Assange Awaits Ecuadorian Decision on Asylum Request

HeadlineJun 22, 2012

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after seeking refuge in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning on allegations of sexual assault. On Thursday, Assange met with Ecuador’s ambassador to Britain, while Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said his government continues to review Assange’s request. A WikiLeaks spokesperson said Ecuadorian officials have been supportive of Assange so far.

Kristinn Hrafnsson: “We’re very grateful, of course, for the support of the ambassador and the Ecuadorians. It’s putting some strain on the staff, and we’re grateful for that. But I think it’s known that the Ecuadorian government and President Rafael Correa is a supporter of WikiLeaks and what WikiLeaks stands for, as should everybody. It’s the ideals of basic, good journalism, transparency and information freedom.”

Although the Swedish government has yet to charge Julian Assange, he is concerned that once he is extradited to Sweden, he could then be extradited to the United States.

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