The founder of Wikileaks has been granted asylum in Ecuador. But the U.K. isn’t going to let him go.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June. Ecuador has now asked the British government to guarantee safe passage for Assange, but Britain says they’re allowed to enter the embassy and arrest Assange.
Julian Assange has been seeking asylum because he’s wanted in Sweden. Not for anything having to do with releasing government secrets, but to be questioned about allegations that he sexually assaulted two women there in 2010.
Assange denies the charges and says what’s really going on is the authorities are after him because WikiLeaks published a quarter of a million documents belonging to the United States that weren’t supposed to be published. This was said to “embarrass” the United States, and the publication of the documents clearly stopped every single secret U.S. operation and made the U.S. government straighten up and fly right, once and for all.
Assange and Ecuador think that if they let the British government extradite him to Sweden, then Sweden will turn him over to the U.S. government, who is currently investigating Assange and WikiLeaks.
Here’s what’s been going on in London for the last couple of years: