Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Julian Assange could be in London embassy for ten years, warns Ecuadorian minister

The Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino has accused the UK Government of infringing on Julian Assange's human rights and warned that the Wikileaks founder could be stuck in the London embassy for up to ten years if he is not allowed to leave and travel to Ecuador.

Mr Patino will meet with William Hague on Thursday to demand that the UK allows Julian Assange to leave the embassy in Kensington, where he has been living for the past three months after seeking asylum there, and travel to Ecuador.

Assange was granted asylum last month by the Ecuadorians who believe that he will be sent to face charges in the US should he be extradited to Sweden by the UK.

The Metropolitan Police have threatened to arrest Mr Assange if he leaves the embassy, citing the obligation it has to carry out the extradition ordered by a British magistrate following the execution of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Swedes.

Assange is wanted for questioning by the Swedes over allegations of sexual assault but fears he will be sent to the US, where he fears prosecution under the Espionage Act for his work with Wikileaks. Read More