First, from RT, a video of Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. announcing that his country is granting asylum.
Next, from the London Telegraph, University of Birmingham professor and international criminal law Robert Cryer predicts that Britain’s efforts to apprehend the WikiLeaks founder won’t stop with today’s announcement and predicts his arrest should he try to board an airplane:
And the story, from the BBC:
Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK.
It cited fears that Mr Assange’s human rights might be violated.
Foreign minister Ricardo Patino accused the UK of making an “open threat” to enter its embassy to arrest Mr Assange.
Mr Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.
The Australian national said being granted political asylum by Ecuador was a “significant victory” and thanked staff in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
We’ll have more later.