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Wikileaks’ founder seeks political asylum in Ecuador

Political asylum is sought out by Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s London embassy.

20 June 2012, 12:00am
The UK Foreign Office has said that Julian Assange (pictured) is currently on diplomatic territory and will work with Ecuador for a resolution.
A request for political asylum submitted by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s London embassy is currently being analysed and studied.

Should he be sent to Sweden, Assange fears this may lead to him being sent to the United States and risk facing the death penalty should he face charges over Wikileaks, despite denying any misconduct.

Assange’s proposal to reopen his appeal against extradition Sweden over supposed sex crimes was last week dismissed by the UK’s Supreme Court.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) are said to have pledged an intervention should Assange face inhuman or degrading treatment or unfair trial in the US, according to Swedish authorities.

The UK Foreign Office said that Assange is currently in Ecuador’s London embassy and is on diplomatic territory and clear from the police. The UK Foreign Office added that it would cooperate with Ecuador in an attempt to resolve the situation.