Extradition or asylum? Assange awaits Ecuadorian decision


The deadline set by the UK’s highest court for Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden runs out on Saturday. The whistleblower says he won’t leave the safety of the Ecuadorian embassy in London until a decision on his asylum request is made.

­Julian Assange has spent the last two and a half weeks in the Ecuadorian embassy with London police standing guard at every exit should he attempt to leave.

On June 19 he entered the embassy and filed a request for asylum. Ecuador’s UK ambassador is personally working on the matter and even had to return home for consultations. An answer was expected to be forthcoming, but as of yet there has been none.

But as Saturday is the deadline for Assange’s extradition to Sweden after the whistleblower’s failed appeal to the Supreme Court of the UK against the sexual assault allegations, Ecuador will be forced to weigh in on the issue.

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