WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has formally requested asylum in Ecuador, the country's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said.
Patino, speaking at a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, read from a statement that Assange was currently at Ecuador's embassy in London, England, where he formally requested asylum.Â Patino read a statement to reporters at a news conference in Quito. He took no questions.
The request comes after the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Thursday dismissed an application filed by an attorney for the WikiLeaks founder who was seeking to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden.
The application was Assange's last option in the British courts. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has previously said if the court dismissed Assange's appeal, his only further remedy is to apply immediately to the European Court of Human Rights, and Assange's attorneys have vowed to do so.
The appeal itself would be a rarity, as the court's decisions are supposed to be final in Britain.
Assange has been fighting for a year and a half against being sent to Sweden for questioning about accusations of sexual abuse. Two women accused him in August 2010 of sexually assaulting them during a visit to Sweden in connection with a WikiLeaks release of internal U.S. military documents.
WikiLeaks' work is not at issue in the extradition matter or the Swedish allegations against Assange.
Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of "unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape," according to a Supreme Court document.FULL STORY
So if he is innocent and it's just for questioning, why run to Equador for asylum? Maybe he could bunk up w/ Roman Polanski in Switzerland.
It is foolish to blame a guy that merely put up an internet website for intelligence leaks. The US and Britain fail to understand that it is their own questionable if not criminal policies that compel and drive their own citizens with a moral obligation to leak secret information to the world. George Bush and his companions lied to the American people about the Iraq war, on the other hand Bradley Manning simply told people the truth! Yet which one of them is in jail now? It is a sad day in American history when liars are praised with the highest power and prestige and truth seekers are jailed and frowned upon. I guess we are a people that like to live in a bubble of lies, a fantasy world.
So you're saying that it is okay for somebody to break into your accounts and steal all your information like manning did and share it with the world, after all its the truth so that makes it okay. Heck you probably approve of the Mcarthy trials because all he was doing was sharing the truth about those peoples pasts, I mean if you went to one communist meeting or read one book we should be able to punish you forever. That's where your logic leads too.
Good move, who lot easier to get at him in Ecuador.
Wrong! He was an easier target in GB. You know nothing about the country of Ecuador. You know nothing about SA. The people protect their own here. He will become a part of the country and live a long life.
It is pretty dang obvious they are out to get the guy for speaking up.
He should have gone to the Venezuelan or Russian embassies. Either one of them would give him asylum in a heartbeat if it meant sticking it to the US.
You know nothing about the relationship with the USA and EC.
The president of EC doesn't like the USA. He is good friends with Russia and Cuba and Mr. Chavez. Read a little about EC before you post.
so this POS runs off again and now will not face the music for his crimes.
Our President has nothing to fear from this man, although I'm sure our previous president does. The lies will all catch up with you. Kharma is a funny thing. I know you republicans don't want to hear this, because"You can't handle the truth".
@ Snowdogg! Yes, you are the quintessential Republican. Grossly misinformed and imbecilic. Read this part very, very slowly, he is at the Ecuadorean Embassy. Under international law, an embassay is essential the soil(land) of the country it belongs to. In fact, he probably drove or walked to Ecuador(the embassy). Do you get it now??
"WikiLeaks' work is not at issue in the extradition matter or the Swedish allegations against Assange."
Seriously? You can write this with a straight face?
Kathleen, libs like you can't hanlde the truth yourselves. You run away from the truth as far as you can. True Obama voter.
Truth is just whatever you happen to believe and has absolutely nothing to do with the facts.
Quit stereotyping. I am a proud liberal that thinks we should string this guy up because he compromised US military secrets. Your us versus them, good versus evil crap only divides us. Same thing Al qaeda would like to have happen. Moron.
The Swedish authorities already questioned him in regard to the two women. They already had decided that the charges made by the women were bogus. If I know it, the entire world knows it. The UK and Sweden are merely bending to the will of the US Congress. Even I don't pay any attention to the congress. I hope Ecuador takes him in. The heck with the congress. It's bad enough that US citizens have to put up with them. Why make a foreigner subject to their silliness?
@Palmer1619 Explain to us, step by step, how UK and Sweden are required by US Congress to do anything? Share with us your special knowledge, O consipracy theorist extraordinnaire!
I think you need a refill on your prescription.
Did the little green men communicate this to you through one of the fillings in your tooth?
The U.S. has huge international influence. I didn't realize some people didn't know that
Welcome to Ecuador Assange!
exactly mindless idiots believe whatever they read
I need a sausage egg cheese biscuit!
He can retire in Ecuador. The guy in the white house will keep the leaks coming now.
To hell with the U.S. Time for that empire and all other torture states to fade away.
Si! The US Empire will fall. Bye Bye! Long live Ecuador and president Correa!
Anyone supporting this guy needs to ask why would he seek asylum just to avoid being questioned about allegations he hasn't even been charged with? That alone says he has Guilty written all over him.
Don't be naive. Haven't you heard about the law signed on 12.31.12 by our beloved president?