Julian Assange is expected make a statement to the media and his supporters on the steps of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Sunday.
The 41-year-old was granted asylum by the South American nation overnight with the country’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, declaring he believed Brisbane-born Assange was a ”victim of political persecution”.
Julian Assange will never be allowed free passage out of Britain, the British government said on Thursday night, raising the prospect of the fugitive WikiLeaks founder’s effective imprisonment inside the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge for months or even years to come. Ecuador threw down the gauntlet to the UK, Sweden and the United States on Thursday by granting political asylum to Assange, who has been holed up in its cramped embassy on the ground-floor of 3 Hans Crescent, London, for two months, avoiding extradition to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of rape
The Daily Telegraph Australia2012-08-15