Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has indicated that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can stay at Ecuador’s London embassy for years if Britain does not grant him safe passage out of the country.
Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than two months now and London has vowed not to allow him “safe passage out of” Britain.
Following London’s threat that it could storm the Ecuadorean Embassy under a little known UK law, Ecuador granted political asylum to Assange on August 16.
London claims that it has a “legal obligation” to extradite Assange to Sweden where he faces accusations of sex assaults, which he denies.
However, many of Assange’s supporters say that his extradition to Sweden is an excuse for sending him to the US, where he could face death penalty for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified US documents in 2010.