Assange Granted Asylum

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Police stand guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, is seeking asylum on August 15, 2012 in London, England. Mr Assange has been living inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 19, 2012 after requesting political asylum whilst facing extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. According to officials within Ecuador's government, Assange is to be granted asylum.   (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    Ecuador granted asylum to Julian Assange on Thursday, although Britain said it would carry out a binding obligation to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to Sweden, where he has been accused of sexual assault. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the asylum decision had come after "extreme and careful" consideration. British officials have said they could revoke Ecuador's diplomatic embassy in London, although Ecuador insisted it will not be treated like a British colony. British Foreign Minister William Hague said Britain will not allow safe passage for Assange out of the country. Assange, at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, called the decision "a significant victory."

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