WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, the country decided today, meaning that the controversial figure will be permitted to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy in London “perhaps indefinitely.”
As CNN’s Atika Shubert reports, however, that “doesn’t explain how to get from the embassy to Ecuador,” because “if he steps outside of the door, he could face arrest by British police.”
She described the decision as “definitely ratcheting up diplomatic tensions quite a bit,” adding that Britain says it fully intends to solve the situation diplomatically. But there is a law in place, she explained, that says one’s diplomatic status can be revoked if the embassy is being “misused,” which would effectively allow British authorities to enter the Embassy and arrest Assange. — a process that could, however, take months, as it could be legally challenged by Ecuador and other nations.
Assange took refuge at the Ecuadoran embassy two months ago in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he currently faces questioning over assault and rape allegations.
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