Ecuador Grants Asylum to Assange

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Bruce Zagaris


On August 16, 2012, the government of Ecuador announced its decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who had been hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19, 2012. The decision to grant asylum means that Assange will only have protection from arrest while on Ecuadorian territory, making his travel to Ecuador dependent on British cooperation.[1]

[1]               Ecuadorean Ministry of Foreign Relations, Commerce and Integration (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio e Integración), Declaration of the Ecuadorean Government About the Request for Asylum of Julian Assange (Declaración del Gobierno de la República del Ecuador sobre la solicitud de asilo de Julian Assange),, Aug. 16, 2012.