Julian Assange ‘will be given asylum in Ecuador’

The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London on June 19 after losing his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he is wanted over allegations of sexual offences.

After formally applying for political asylum, a decision was due this week. In the meantime, a warrant for his arrest for breaching his bail conditions means he is likely to be rearrested if he steps outside the embassy.

According to an official close to the government, Correa has already decided to approve Assange’s application.

Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange,” a source told the Guardian.

“We see Assange’s request as a humanitarian issue. The contact between the Ecuadorean government and WikiLeaksgoes back to May 2011, when we became the first country to see the leaked US embassy cables completely declassified

( via telegraph.co.uk)