Ecuador has granted asylum to Julian Assange. Now the matter between the UK and Ecuador has become a fire keg. Ecuador has publicly said that they will not be bullied and the UK is deciding if they will block Assange's escape.
Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, declared that "We are not a British colony" on RT On Air.
Assange is known for his whistle blowing site Wikileaks. That whistle blowing may be behind arrests for the founder. He is currently wanted in Sweden for allegations of rape and sexual assault of two women. He was arrested in England and released on bail after 10 days.
On June 19 Assange walked into the Ecuadorian embassy requesting political asylum. Today that asylum was granted.
RT reports: “We have decided to grant political asylum to Mr. Assange,” said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. “We believe that his fears are legitimate and there are the threats that he could face political persecution.”
The fight over Assange concerns the UK's obligation to extradite the Wikileaks founder to Sweden.
Protesters have been arrested near the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Three arrests have been confirmed by RT's correspondent.
As the rain falls in London protesters are surrounding the Ecuadorian embassy. It is being reported from the ground that Assange can stay at the embassy indefinitely.
The Guardian is reporting that Assange watched the announcement live on a TV from his quarters at the embassy.