A 'Fundamental Human Right' Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses.
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gather in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gather in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Foto: Sang Tan/ AP
dsl -- with wires