julian assange Wikileaks founder Julian Assange granted asylum

Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government, but the problem now is finding a way to escort him to an airport without having his feet touching U.K soil.

Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government, but the problem now is finding a way to escort him to an airport without having his feet touching U.K soil.

Assange, who currently faces rape and assault charges in Sweden, escaped to the Ecuador embassy in London, and did so knowing that it would breach his terms of bail.  Due to his high profile status in various countries, words out of London is that even if the Ecuadorian secures an escort vehicle to take him to the airport, U.K authorities may barricade Assange and forcing him to touch U.K soil.

“Wikileaks condemns in the strongest possible terms the UK’s resort to intimidation.  A threat of this nature is a hostile and extreme act, which is not proportionate to the circumstances, and an unprecedented assault on the rights of asylum seekers worldwide,” Wikileaks stated on its website.

Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, reportedly discussed Assange’s extradition with U.K officials, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement.  The disagreement mainly involved the U.K’s inability to promise that Assange won’t be extradited to the U.S. after his trials in Sweden. 

The U.S. is the other country seeking to have Assange stand on trial, because Wikileaks also exposed various U.S-sensitive government documents and emails.  The recent publishing of millions of emails obtained through hacking of U.S-based intelligence agency Stratfor certainly doesn’t work in Assange’s favor.