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article imageEcuador President Correa to make decision on Assange shortly

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By Anne Sewell     Aug 14, 2012 in World
Quito - Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will make an "informed decision" on Assange's asylum request, after a meeting on Wednesday with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and diplomats in London.
Regarding WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and his request for political asylum, President Correa said in a televised address on Monday:
­“We expect to have a meeting on Wednesday [with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and diplomats in London] and I hope to make an announcement before the end of the week."
"We have to review the process in Sweden. We have to look at the possibility that he may be extradited to the United States, that there may be a secret court there, that he may face the death penalty.”
While President Correa sympathizes with Assange, he says that he still respects the British legal system and international law. However, he added that his government has gathered enough information to make a “responsible decision.”
Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy since June 19, where he is hoping for political asylum in that country. He wishes to avoid extradition to Sweden, on sex crime allegations, as he fears he would then be sent on to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the release by WikiLeaks of thousands of U.S. military intelligence documents.
These documents continue to be released by WikiLeaks as can be seen in Digital Journal's article on the sophisticated TrapWire program, exposed in the latest release of Stratfor files. WikiLeaks' website and its mirrors are currently being bombarded with a sustained DDoS attack since this release.
Prior to arriving at the Ecuador embassy, he spent 18 months under house arrest trying unsuccessfully to appeal a court extradition ruling.
Recently President Correa met with Assange's mother, Christine Assange, who traveled to Quito to plead for her son's asylum, along with Baltasar Garzón, the former Spanish judge who now heads the legal team defending WikiLeaks and its founder.
At this stage, it is not clear how Assange would be able to travel to Ecuador if his asylum request is granted. British police are constantly posted at the door of the embassy, hoping to arrest Assange for violating his bail terms, should he step outside the door.
While police are forbidden to enter the embassy without the approval of Ecuador, it seems almost impossible for Assange to board a plane to Ecuador without traveling across London.
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