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|Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The decision comes almost two months after the world-famous whistleblower came to the country's embassy in London seeking protection.
"We have decided to grant political asylum to Mr. Assange," said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. "We believe that his fears are legitimate and there are the threats that he could face political persecution."
The announcement was met with celebrations outside the Ecuadorian embassy as the WikiLeaks founder's supporters began chanting "Hands off Ecuador" and "Assange freedom fighter."
The UK has stated that it will do everything in its power to block Assange's passage to Ecuador.
UK authorities sparked a scandal when they announced they were prepared to raid the Ecuadorian embassy, effectively revoking its diplomatic immunity.