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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange asylum report is dismissed

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Wed Aug 15 2012, 10:04

WIKILEAKS' FRONT MAN Julian Assange might have got the asylum that he wanted, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

The newspaper has spoken to a government official in Ecuador who said Assange's plea for asylum would be accepted, but as yet there has not been an official announcement.

Rather, there has been a denial from Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, who described reports as rumours on Twitter. "Assange asylum rumor is false. There is still no decision," he tweeted.

A decision is expected soon though, and for now the UK Pirate Party cautiously welcomed the news. "It may be a positive step for an Ecuador that has itself pursued crackdowns on private media and public dissent, however I hope that this is not an attempt to score political points, but a legitimate humanitarian move," said foreign policy spokesman Ed Geraghty.

"Whether we like the decision or not, the principle of asylum must be supported. The decision to grant asylum is Ecuador's alone. It would be disastrous if the British, American or Swedish governments attempted to interfere with a vital process in protecting human rights globally."

Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, and faces arrest because he broke his bail conditions by not being at a certain address at a certain time. µ


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