The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was received political asylum by Ecuador. This gesture was widely criticized by British and Swedish politicians.In 2010 Julian Assange was accused of sexual assault of two women in Sweden. Assange assumed that “the charges were without basis and their issue [at the moment] was deeply disturbing”. Nowadays Swedish authorities require to extradite Assange to Sweden. Assange is afraid that Sweden would extradite him to the USA where he might be inflicted death penalty. His attorney Mark Stephens believes that Sweden cooperates with the USA. “We are hearing that the Swedish are prepared to drop the rape charges against Julian as soon as the Americans demand his extradition”. At the same time the United States assure that they are not going to interfere in the case as it concerns mainly Sweden and Britain.
Two months ago Assange requested for political asylum in Ecuador. Ecuadorian authorities granted it to him. It led to row between Ecuador and Britain. Thus British authorities threatened to storm Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has been staying in the embassy since June, 2012. “They could storm our embassy if Ecuador does not hand over Julian Assange. The position taken by the Government of Great Britain is unacceptable, both from political and the legal point of view”, says Ricardo Patino, Foreign Minister of Ecuador. It means that entering the embassy Britain would break the rules of the Vienna Convention. British authorities tries to find a compromise. At the same time they are ready to do everything to get Assange and to extradite him to Sweden. “We have an obligation to extradite Mr. Assange and it is only right that we give Ecuador the full picture”, say British officials.
Ecuadorian officials offered Swedish prosecutors to interrogate Assange in Ecuadorian embassy in London. But for some reason they refused the offer.