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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Julian Assange Fled To The Ecuadorian Embassy In London To Seek Political Asylum

Facing an extradition to Sweden – and then possibly the United States – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to seek political asylum. In a letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – Assange wrote that he faces extradition to, "a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition." Currently – Ecuadorian officials are reviewing Assange's request for asylum – meanwhile he is out of reach of British police while he remains – techinically – on foreign soil within the Ecuadorian Embassy. Even China allowed one of their political dissidents to find asylum in the United States earlier this year. We'll see if the British Government grants the same rights to Assange to leave that country.

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