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Wikileaks' Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador embassy

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador's London embassy, according to the country's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino.

    On June 14, Britain's Supreme Court dismissed Assange's bid to reopen an appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

    The Supreme Court has given him until June 28 before extradition proceedings begin.

    Swedish prosecutors are looking to question him over claims of rape and sexual assault made by two former Wikileaks female volunteers in 2010, but have not filed any charges.

    Assange, whose Wikileaks website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables, maintains the sex was consensual.

    In a statement, Ecuador’s embassy said the decision to consider his bid for asylum "should in no way be interpreted as the government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden."