Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Asylum Bid Narrows Assange's Options

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Asylum Bid Narrows Assange's Options

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After seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Julian Assange became subject to arrest for violating his curfew, a condition of his release on bail in December.

Regardless of the outcome of his legal situation, the horizons have markedly narrowed for Julian Assange, who once sought to change the world in founding WikiLeaks and using radical transparency to shake what he saw as oppressive governments.

In 2010, as he released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents, Mr. Assange claimed, with some justification, to be the scourge of secrecy in the halls of power. But as WikiLeaks struggled financially and internally, his focus turned to fighting four allegations of sexual molestation and rape made by two volunteers in Stockholm.

Since 2010 he has been under effective house arrest, imposed by the British courts as they decided whether to extradite him to Sweden to face questioning, but was able to give speeches and even host a Web-based talk show.

After seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, he became subject to arrest for violating his curfew, a condition of his release on bail in December. The curfew required him to be at his residence from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino of Ecuador said his country was "processing" the asylum request. "Assange says that his life is in danger, but the government does not have a time limit to give an answer to the request," Mr. Patino said.

Mr. Assange has consistently denied the rape and sexual abuse accusations and suggested that they are part of a global conspiracy to silence him. A British court ruled in November that he could be extradited, and last week, the Supreme Court denied his final appeal and said that barring a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights, he would be on a plane to face his accusers by midnight July 7. …

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