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13:41

No exit: Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange. UK considers to lift diplomatic status

New York Times :: Ecuador said on Thursday that it had decided to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Seeking asylum, Mr. Assange has been holed up for two months in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where the police scuffled with and arrested some of his supporters on Thursday.

Trapped - A report by William Neuman | Maggy Ayala, www.nytimes.com

An embassy is no safe haven. [BBC] reports that U.K. considers to revoke Ecuador's status, a measure which Ecuador would regard as a "hostile and intolerable act" [The Globe and Mail].

BBC :: The UK Foreign Office says it can lift the embassy's diplomatic status to fulfil a "legal obligation" to extradite the 41-year-old.

A report by www.bbc.co.uk

The Globe and Mail :: The Ecuadorean government, which said it would announce whether it had granted Mr. Assange’s asylum request on Thursday at 7 a.m., has said any attempt by Britain to remove the diplomatic status of its embassy would be a “hostile and intolerable act”.

A report by Mohammed Abbas | Alessandra Prentice, www.theglobeandmail.com

Tags: Wikileaks

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