Ecuador Weighs Assange Asylum

    Demonstrators protest outside the Ecuadorian embassy, London, Wednesday June 20, 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the embassy Tuesday in an attempt to gain political asylum. Ecuador said Assange would "remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorean government" while authorities in the capital, Quito, considered his case. Assange was arrested in London in December 2010 at Sweden's request. Since then he has been fighting extradition to the Scandinavian country, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual assaults on two women in 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

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    Ecuador said it will decide Thursday on whether or not to offer asylum to Julian Assange. The controversial Wikileaks founder sought refuge in the country’s embassy in London on Tuesday of this week, and awaits a decision from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. “The national government is considering its position and the president will give us his instructions tomorrow,” said Marco Albuja, Ecuador’s deputy foreign minister. Assange has waged a two-year legal battle in Britain to escape extradition to Sweden. British officials have said that Assange will face arrest for violating his bail if he leaves the embassy. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning regarding allegations of sexual assault against two women.

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