Is Julian Assange Going To Ecuador?

The Guardian seems to have an unofficial leak from an Ecuadorian official on what’s going to happen to Julian Assange:

“Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa has agreed to give Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador’s government have said.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at Ecuador’s London embassy since 19 June, when he officially requested political asylum.

“Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange,” said an official in the Ecuadorean capital Quito, who is familiar with the government discussions.

On Monday, Correa told state-run ECTV that he would decide this week whether to grant asylum to Assange. Correa said a large amount of material about international law had to be examined to make a responsible informed decision.

Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patiño indicated that the president would reveal his answer once the Olympic Games were over. But it remains unclear if giving Assange asylum will allow him to leave Britain and fly to Ecuador, or amounts to little more than a symbolic gesture. At the moment he faces the prospect of arrest as soon as he leaves the embassy for breaching his bail conditions.

“For Mr Assange to leave England, he should have a safe pass from the British [government]. Will that be possible? That’s an issue we have to take into account,” Patino told Reuters on Tuesday. “

Previously, I covered it.

Update 1: Some feeds on Twitter are suggesting it is just a rumour.

Update 2: Reuters has a denial.

I suppose President Correa is doing a political calculation on what he will gain by allowing Assange asylum against what he could lose.

I imagine if Assange does go to Ecuador he’ll only end up complaining about the country in a few years time and falling out with his hosts, that’s my bet, such is his egomania.


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