Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being granted asylum in Ecuador several weeks after he walked into the countries embassy in Britain.
Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa agreed to give the Wikileaks President asylum although actually getting him out of the country could prove nearly impossible. Once Assange leaves the Ecuador embassy he will be immediately arrested for violating his British probation.
Assange walked into Ecuador’s London embassy on June 19 and officially requested political asylum. Assange said Britain was preparing to extradite him to Sweden on trumped up sexual conduct charges at which time Sweden would extradite him to the United States on espionage charges.
Correa and his council decided earlier in the week to give asylum to Assange after they examined enough international law to determine they were making the right decision.
Speaking about the issue of leaving the country Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patiño told Reuters:
“For Mr Assange to leave England, he should have a safe pass from the British [government]. Will that be possible? That’s an issue we have to take into account.”
Officials in Ecuador claim that Assange was offered asylum months ago but was not given full consideration until he fled from Britain.
The Ecuador official said the request was granted as a humanitarian issue, however it is likely that they became close to Wikileaks after Assange made the websites full document leak available to Ecuador officials before agencies in other countries.
If extradited to the United States the Wikileaks founder could face the death penalty.