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  Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Aug 16, 2012 10:30am
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AuthorSterling Beard
News DateThursday, August 16, 2012 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionEcuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño announced Thursday that his country would be granting political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on the grounds the country believes he will be politically persecuted if he is extradited from Great Britain to Sweden.

Assange, who turned himself in to British authorities in 2010, has been staying at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for nearly two months. The British government is seeking to extradite him to Sweden, where he was accused of rape and sexual molestation two years ago.

Assange denies the allegations against him by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers. He believes the charges to have come in retaliation for his organization’s release of classified U.S. documents and diplomatic cables.
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