Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum

Wikileaks founder is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been offered refuge in Ecuador, but Britain has threatened to raid Ecuador’s embassy if Quito doesn’t hand him over.

Ecuadorian government has stated that a raid would be seen as a “hostile and intolerable act” and a violation of its sovereignty.

A Foreign Office spokesman said that under British law, they can give them a week’s notice before entering the embassy, and they want to find a diplomatic solution.

Update: Quito announced Thursday that they would allow Assange to stay under a type of humanitarian protection. The UK said they will not grant safe passage out of the country to Assange.

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