Ecuador grants Assange asylum

2012-08-16 14:16

London – Julian Assange faces political persecution by the US and other countries, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has said, justifying the decision to grant the WikiLeaks founder asylum.

If extradited from Sweden to the US, Assange “would not face a fair trial, he could face a military or special trial ... he could face the death sentence,” Patino told reporters in Quito today.

The US, Britain and Sweden had rejected requests for guarantees regarding Assange’s safety, Patino said, “despite repeated attempts made by Ecuador”.

A British move to enter the Ecuadorean embassy in London to arrest Assange was “basically saying ’we’re going to beat you savagely if you don’t behave’,” Patino said.

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