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    Default Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Political Asylum

    Ecuador will grant Julian Assange political asylum, the country's Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, announced this morning.

    The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up inside the embassy's redbrick apartment in London's high-class Knightsbridge neighborhood for the past two months.

    The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office responded to the announcement by expressing disappointment in the decision and reiterating its commitment " to a negotiated solution that allows us to carry out our obligations under the Extradition Act."

    UK officials previously warned that they could stormthe embassy and forcibly remove Assange so he could be extradited to Sweden where he is wanted in connection with the alleged sexual assault of two women.

    Assange has expressed fears that his extradition to Sweden could lead to charges related to WikiLeaks' controversial release of myriad confidential documents and diplomatic cables.

    WikiLeaks released a statement today calling the British government's threats a "resort to intimidation," noting that Assange "has not been charged with any crime in any country."

    Despite the decision to grant Assange asylum, it remains unclear if he will be allowed safe passage out of the UK. In an official statement, Britain's charge d'affaires has already made it clear to Ecuador's government that it will refuse any request for safe passage.

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    Yeah, but

    Is Julian Assange About To Get Into A Car Chase In London?

    So, Wikileaks founder has been granted asylum by Ecuador after fleeing to their embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. But… he's still trapped in the embassy. How does he get to Ecuador? Get to the airport. How does he get to the airport? Possibly the diplomatic BMW 5-Series above.

    It's going to be like Ronin or The Italian Job but in Britain. Also, it may not work because the police can theoretically stop the car. Also, he has to get to the car without getting arrested.

    We're watching the standoff and are actively pulling for a car chase, but at this point it'll probably still be resolved the old fashion way with diplomacy. What's the fun in that?

    Here's what we know so far from Twitter. We'll keep updating.
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    Julian Assange is granted asylum by Ecuador as scuffles break out between protesters and the police



    • Ecuador grants refuge to Mr Assange as the UK, US and Sweden could not guarantee he would not be extradited
    • Protestors gather outside Ecuadorian embassy and two are arrested
    • Ecuadorian foreign minister releases 'threatening' letter sent by UK Govt
    • British officials warn Ecuador there will be 'serious implications' for their diplomatic relations if they do not hand over WikiLeaks founder
    • Foreign office admits it has 'drawn Ecuadorians' attention' to law allowing them to arrest Assange

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, in a move that is likely to spark an international row.

    The decision is likely to deepen tensions between the UK and Ecuador, who have grown increasingly hostile with each other over whether Mr Assange would be arrested and extradited.
    The asylum decision, which was given 'extreme and careful consideration' was announced by foreign affairs minister Ricardo Patino in the Ecuadorian capital Quito.
    The news was seen live by Mr Assange and embassy staff in a link to a press conference from Quito.

    'The response from the United States has been that it cannot offer any guarantees.

    'With these precedents in mind the Ecuadorian government, loyal to its tradition to protect those who seek refuge with us and in our diplomatic mission, have decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr Assange.'
    Mr Patino said the Ecuadorian government had conducted lengthy diplomatic talks with the UK, Swedish and US governments.

    None could give the guarantees about Mr Assange's future that the South American country was seeking and had shown 'no willingness' to negotiate on the issue.

    US authorities were specifically asked if they had any intention to seek Mr Assange's extradition so they could start legal proceedings against him and what maximum penalty he could face.
    Mr Patino called for Mr Assange to be guaranteed 'safe passage' to leave the embassy but the Foreign Office insisted this would not be offered.

    The minister said: 'We trust that the United Kingdom will offer, as soon as possible, the guarantee for the safe passage for this asylum of Mr Assange and that they would respect those international agreements that they have signed in the past and that they have always respected.'

    He hoped the 'friendship' with the UK would 'remain intact'.

    'We share the respect for the same values of human rights, democracy and peace which are only possible once fundamental human rights are respected,' he added.
    A Foreign Office spokesman said the Government was 'disappointed' by Mr Patino's statement and stressed that the UK had a 'binding obligation' to extradite Mr Assange.
    Mr Patino said Mr Assange is clear he is being persecuted for political reasons because of the disclosures of documents by WikiLeaks.
    His human rights were now at risk and he feared 'repression and intimidation' by countries affected by the disclosures.
    'Ecuador is sure that there is a real threat of him being extradited to a third country, without any guarantees. He would be subject to cruel treatment.'
    News that Mr Assange had been granted asylum was greeted with cheering by protesters kept behind railings across the road from the embassy in Knightsbridge.
    They had been chanting 'Julian Assange - Freedom Fighter' and 'Hands Off Ecuador'.
    The Ecuadorian authorities have accused the Government of threatening to raid its embassy in London to seize Mr Assange, who faces sexual assault charges in Sweden.


    A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the UK had a legal duty to extradite Mr Assange and that would not change if he was granted political asylum.
    She said: 'It does not change our position. Our legal position is not changing at all.
    'Our position is that we have a duty to extradite him, even if he is granted political asylum.'
    A decision by the Ecuadorian government on whether to grant Mr Assange asylum is expected later.
    Protestors have gathered outside the embassy and riot vans are parked outside as the political storm brews.
    Police kept the pathway outside the embassy clear and arrested two protesters.
    A number of officers seized a man, who was led away shouting: 'You are about to start a war with Ecuador' and 'You can't arrest Julian Assange.'
    Shortly afterwards another man was taken away to a police van, with fellow protesters shouting: 'What are you arresting him for?'


    The Government has reportedly warned in a letter that it could revoke the embassy’s diplomatic immunity if the WikiLeaks founder is not handed over – sparking a furious response from Ecuadorian officials.


    The dramatic development came two months after Mr Assange walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge in an effort to avoid being extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

    The warning by the UK Government that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be arrested inside the Ecuadorian embassy, coupled with an increased police presence outside the building, is being seen as an act of 'intimidation' by Equadorian officials, sources said.

    Late last night, as a number of police officers arrived outside the embassy, an Ecuadorian government spokesman said he was ‘deeply shocked’ by threats to ‘storm’ the building.

    Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino said: ‘This is unbecoming of a democratic, civilised and law abiding state... If the measures announced in the British official communication materialise they will be interpreted by Ecuador as a hostile and intolerable act and also as an attack on our sovereignty, which would require us to respond with greater diplomatic force.’
    Ecuador has said it will announce its decision regarding Assange’s political asylum request today.
    Senior British diplomats warned Ecuadorian officials that there will be 'serious implications' for diplomatic relations if they continue to shield Mr Assange.
    Notes prepared for a meeting in Quito yesterday show that the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was told Britain must meet its legal obligations to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden and it would reject any request for safe passage.
    The note confirms Ecuadorian claims that the Government warned it has the power to enter the embassy in London and arrest the WikiLeaks founder.
    It states that Britain considers the 'continued use of diplomatic premises in this way' to be incompatible with international law and warns: 'We have already made clear to you the serious implications for our diplomatic relations.'

    'You should be aware that there is a legal basis in the UK - the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act - which would allow us to take action to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.
    'We very much hope not to get this point, but if you cannot resolve the issue of Mr Assange's presence on your premises, this route is open to us.
    'We understand the importance to you of the issues raised by Mr Assange, and the strong public pressure in country. But we still have to resolve the situation on the ground, here in the UK, in line with our legal obligations. We have endeavoured to develop a joint text, which helps both meet your concerns, and presentational needs.
    'We believe a joint text and a voluntary surrender by Mr Assange is the best way forward.'
    An Ecuadorian government spokesman said: ‘This a clear breach of international law and the protocols set out in the Vienna Convention.’
    He added: ‘Instead of threatening violence against the Ecuadorian Embassy, the British Government should use its energy to find a peaceful resolution to this situation which we are aiming to achieve.’
    Former computer hacker Assange, who enraged the US government in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret US diplomatic cables, is wanted in Sweden to face trial for rape.
    The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner denies the allegations against him, but says he fears he could be sent to the United States, where his life would be at risk, if he goes to Sweden.

    A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We have an obligation to extradite Mr Assange and it is only right that we give Ecuador the full picture.’
    Even if Ecuador gives Assange asylum, it is unclear how the WikiLeaks boss could physically leave the closely watched embassy and head to an airport without being arrested by British police.
    Lawyer Carl Gardner, speaking on the Today programme, said he was unaware of the little known law.
    He said the legislation was designed with misuse of law in mind and the potential use of it in Mr Assange's case is 'a long way off of that because of its ulterior motive'.
    Former Russian ambassador Sir Tony Brenton said the use of the law would make life incredibly difficult for ambassadors and would 'make the world a very different place' if governments 'arbitrarily invoke it'.
    Sir Tony warned that embassies and diplomats 'would not be able to do their jobs' if they could not enjoy the protection they currently have, which is 'important and vital for our lives and our work'.
    He also said he thought it was 'highly unlikely' that the UK government would implement the law.
    Protesters outside the embassy were warned against any attempt by the UK authorities to enter the building.
    Paul Milligan, 19, from Kentish Town, north London, said: 'I heard about this at 1am and walked here to protest.
    'If Britain is essentially about to invade Ecuador, then I want to have a say about that.

    'If they load him in a police van to try to bring him out, I intend to sit in front of the van and obstruct it in any way I can.

    'The point about Julian Assange is that he didn't doctor any of the materials - he released the documents and said to the world 'This is the truth, have a look at it and see what you think'.

    'The idea that somebody can be snatched from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police, and sent to Sweden then possibly America, is ludicrous.'

    Farhan Rasheed, 42, a historian, from Norbury, south London, said: 'I'm here on the basis that you have to respect the Vienna Convention.

    'If we go against other people's diplomatic immunity, that puts our own diplomats at risk around the world. It would be an own-goal.'
    One protester, who gave his name only as Anthony, said: 'We are delighted about this decision.
    'We have been standing vigil for eight weeks, and I guess this shows that standing vigil works.

    'The UK Government is not going to illegally march into anyone's embassy.

    'This has huge ramifications for Latin America - Ecuadorians say that this has been a disgrace.'

    Saul Duran, 46, a waiter in London with Ecuadorian and British citizenship, said: 'I'm here to support all those people who believe in human rights. I don't believe in the death penalty, and Mr Assange believes he could be extradited to the United States for the WikiLeaks information he put to the world, so I support him.
    'Ecuador is a democratic country and I hope that the UK and Ecuadorian governments will work on a diplomatic basis to resolve this.'


    THE LAW THAT COULD SPARK AN INTERNATIONAL ROW


    The Foreign Office's threat to possibly use this piece of legislation has surprised legal experts, ambassadors and politicians.
    The little known Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 law was created to give the UK government the power to create, or strip, a building of its status as an embassy - a controversial power as ambassadors and foreign powers regard the embassies as largely untouchable and a haven for those who need to seek protection there.

    The Foreign Office says the 1987 law permits the revocation of diplomatic status of a building if the foreign power occupying it 'ceases to use land for the purposes of its mission or exclusively for the purposes of a consular post'.
    The wording of the law states that the status should be revoked or approved with considerations to 'the safety of the public;to national security; and to town and country planning.'
    It also says that 'the Secretary of State shall only give or withdraw consent or withdraw acceptance if he is satisfied that to do so is permissible under international law.'
    The use of the 1987 law could directly conflict with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.
    This law is an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.

    It specifies the privileges of a diplomatic mission that enable diplomats to perform their jobs without fear of coercion or harassment by the host country.

    The law forms the legal basis for diplomatic immunity.
    Its rules are considered the foundation of modern international relations and has been agreed by 186 countries.


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    Is this the photo that could clear Assange? Grinning for the camera, WikiLeaks boss and 'Woman A' who says he sexually assaulted her 48 hours earlier

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    PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 25 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 26 August 2012




    It seems an unremarkable image: a group of friends smiling broadly. But this is the photograph Julian Assange hopes will clear his name.
    The face of the woman on the left has been obscured for legal reasons.

    For although she is seen beaming, she would later tell police that 48 hours before the picture was taken, the WikiLeaks founder pinned her down in her flat and sexually assaulted her.

    Smiles all around: Woman A, left, at a dinner with Julian Assange, centre, host Richard Falkvinge, Anna Troberg and Sara Sangberg

    If the case ever reaches court – Mr Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – his lawyers will argue that the photograph undermines the 33-year-old woman’s entire story. And, they claim, there is more.
    In the two days after the alleged assault in Sweden, Mr Assange and Woman A, as she is known, attended a conference and two dinner parties where it is claimed they were practically inseparable.
    During one party, Woman A tweeted that she was ‘with the world’s coolest, smartest people!’.

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    The photograph was taken on August 15, 2010, at the Glenfiddich restaurant in Stockholm, at a dinner of meatballs and schnapps hosted by Rickard Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party (PP), which campaigns for greater government transparency.
    Although by all accounts it was a jolly occasion, there was some serious discussion that at times became ‘passionate and intense’.
    Last week's balcony speech was Julian Assange first public appearance since he entered the Ecuadorean Embassy

    Mr Falkvinge said the purpose of the dinner, which lasted three hours, was to sign a contract between the PP and WikiLeaks so Mr Assange’s organisation could use the party’s computer servers.
    Also present was the deputy leader of PP, Anna Troberg, and the party’s IT manager, Richard Olson, who brought along his then fiancee, Sara Sandberg.
    Since the assault charges were brought, Mr Falkvinge and Ms Troberg have given detailed statements to the police in support of Mr Assange. Mr Falkvinge said their testimony included observations about the body language between Mr Assange and Woman A, who arrived with another woman, called Pietra, who stayed just for the starter.
    Mr Falkvinge sat next to Mr Assange, with Woman A sitting diagonally opposite them.
    ‘Most of the night, Julian was speaking with me,’ Mr Falkvinge said. ‘This was a heads of organisation meeting and everybody had a counterpart to talk to. It was a professional dinner.’
    For Mr Falkvinge, one of the things that was striking about it, in view of what he later learned, was that Woman A volunteered to become Mr Assange’s press secretary during the meal. Mr Falkvinge has refused to go into details about the way Woman A behaved with Mr Assange, because he has to give evidence in court if a trial is held.
    But he made it clear that he did not think Woman A behaved like a victim or someone who had suffered a traumatic sexual experience only two days earlier.
    He said: ‘You can look at objective facts and draw far-reaching conclusions: the fact that we are at the dinner and it was with very passionate people and with good food and drinks; the fact that I and Anna Troberg have left depositions as key defence witnesses in the upcoming trial – that does tell you a lot.

    If Assange's case was to go to court after extradition to Sweden upon leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy, pictured, his lawyers will use the photo in his defence

    ‘You can say what we saw was more consistent with the defence than the prosecution.’
    Due to Woman A’s complaint to the police, as well as that of another alleged victim, Mr Assange has been fighting extradition to Sweden from Britain for the past two years.
    He insists he has been set up, and fears that going to Sweden is a ruse for him to be quickly extradited to America, where he could stand trial for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents on the WikiLeaks website.
    His two-year fight against extradition took a bizarre twist when Mr Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in June seeking asylum.
    He was granted asylum by Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa last week, igniting a diplomatic rift between Ecuador and Britain.
    The Mail on Sunday has also learned that just hours after the alleged attack, Woman A accompanied Mr Assange to a Social Democratic Party conference.
    According to police reports, it was there that Mr Assange met Woman B, aged 29, who would accuse him of rape.
    The two women’s lawyer, Claes Borsgtrom, said yesterday: ‘We will only discuss the dinner at the restaurant and the picture in court.’
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    For although she is seen beaming, she would later tell police that 48 hours before the picture was taken, the WikiLeaks founder pinned her down in her flat and sexually assaulted her.
    How comforting to know that there are still people around to tell women how they are supposed to act after a rape.

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    Please, the bitch is lying.
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