WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador as British police are saying he violated his bail conditions by seeking asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in the U.K.
In his last efforts to avoid extradition to Sweden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Mr. Assange was “subject to arrest” for failing to report to his specified bail address Tuesday night, where the Australian activist instead was seeking asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy Tuesday afternoon.
British police cannot access Assange because he is now technically on diplomatic territory, however, they will try to continue to seek Assange according to the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
“We will seek to work with the Ecuadorean authorities to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
Currently, Ecuador is considering the WikiLeaks founder’s request for political asylum. Meanwhile, the embassy said Assange will remain under Ecuadorean government protection.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he raped one woman and molested another during a trip to the Scandinavian country in 2010. He has denied all of the allegations.
While this is the latest in Assange’s attempts to avoid extradition, it came as a shock to some supporters, a few of whom are on the hook for $314,500 in deposited bail money.
“I’m slightly concerned that I may have guaranteed 20 grand to be paid later,” Vaughan Smith, the former British army captain who housed Mr. Assange for over a year at his English countryside estate said in a phone call from Italy. “The interests of my family are obviously impacted by the loss of that sort of money. I know that he genuinely feels that if he goes to Sweden he will be sent to America. I know he does believe that 100%.”
Assange firmly believes that the US government wants to try him for his release of a quarter of a million U.S. State Department cables starting in 2010, as WikiLeaks has pointed to rumors of a sealed indictment against Mr. Assange.