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Wikileaks' Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador

  • Julian Assange speaks at an anti-war demonstration in London on Oct. 10, 2011.
    wheelzwheeler/FlickrJulian Assange speaks at an anti-war demonstration in London on Oct. 10, 2011.

Julian Asange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has formally requested asylum. Officials are considering his request, Ecuador's foreign minister said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

"Ecuador is studying and analyzing the request," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said to reporters in Quito. 

Assange is wanted in Sweden for sex crimes, after two women accused him of sexual misconduct during a visit there in mid-2010.

Assange, 40, was placed under house arrest in Britain more than 500 days ago. Less than a week ago, Britain's Supreme Court rejected Assange's bid to reopen his extradition case.

According to the U.K. Press Association, there is only one other avenue that appears to remain for Assange. His legal team has 14 days to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to hear his case.

He could be now be extradited in as little as two weeks, as early as June 28.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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