Ecuador’s foreign minister says the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has requested political asylum.
Ricardo Patiño Aroca said on his twitter account that Assange had submitted his request at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
“The Ecuadorian government is analyzing his request,” said Patiño.
The Spanish wire service EFE reports that Patiño said Assange is at the embassy and made his plea in a letter to President Rafael Correa, making clear that he was under threat of “persecution.”
The AP adds:
“The move comes less than a week after Britain’s Supreme Court rejected Assange’s bid to reopen his extradition case.
“Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden after two women accused him of sexual misconduct during a visit to the country in mid-2010.”
Equador is part of an eight-nation group of leftist Latin American countries known as Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA for its Spanish initials). Along with Venezuela, ALBA countries have antagonized Western powers like the United States.