Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 16, 2012 - 9:28 AM
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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gather outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

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QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador says it is granting political asylum to WiliLeaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador found that Assange faces a real threat of political persecution including the threat of extradition to the United States, where Patino said the Australian would not get a fair trial and could face the death penalty.

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