Amidst Internal Strife At Wiki Leaks, Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum http://bit.ly/N3Bk6J LONDON (AP) — Ecuador said Thursday it was granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a decision that thrilled supporters but did not defuse the standoff at the Latin American nation’s London embassy, where the 41-year-old Australian has been holed up for almost two months. Assange’s recognition as a political refugee by Ecuador’s leftist government was a big symbolic victory for the embattled ex-hacker, but it did little to answer the question: ‘How will he ever leave the embassy?’ “We’re at something of an impasse,” extradition lawyer Rebecca Niblock said shortly after the news broke. “The U.K. government will arrest Julian Assange as soon as he sets foot outside the embassy but it’s very hard as well to see the Ecuadorean government changing their position.” She said there was practically no precedent for the situation, invoking the case of a Hungarian cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, who camped out at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest from 1956 to 1971. Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Ecuador-grants-asylum-to-WikiLeaks-Assange-3791970.php#ixzz23ih86nOM

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