Julian Assange does not go gently. The latest is that he’s sparked an international incident between Ecuador and the UK. Assange is seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, and the UK sent a letter threatening Ecuador that it would enter the embassy (which is Ecuadorean territory) and arrest Assange. A few moments ago, the Ecuadorean Foreign Minister announced that Assange will be granted political asylum on the grounds of a risk of political persecution. Part of his rationale is that Ecuador asked Sweden for a guarantee that Assange will not be extradited to the US, and Sweden said no. Assange can still be arrested if he leaves the embassy, so I don’t know where this goes from here. Here’s the Guardian liveblog.
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