WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: I don’t know if asylum bid will work
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 21, 2012 5:28PM
Police look on as demonstrators protest outside the Ecuadorian embassy, London, Wednesday June 20, 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the embassy Tuesday in an attempt to gain political asylum. Ecuador said Assange would "remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorean government" while authorities in the capital, Quito, considered his case. Assange was arrested in London in December 2010 at Sweden's request. Since then he has been fighting extradition to the Scandinavian country, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual assaults on two women in 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there’s no guarantee his bid for political asylum from Ecuador will succeed.
Assange was spending a third night inside Ecuador’s London embassy on Thursday. He told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio via phone that he decided to turn to Ecuador after his native Australia refused to intervene in his planned extradition from Britain to Sweden.
He says Wikileaks, which specializes in revealing government secrets, had “heard that the Ecuadorians were sympathetic in relation to my struggles and the struggles of the organization with the United States.”
Assange indicated he doesn’t know when Ecuador will decide on his case.
Assange has been fighting since 2010 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations.