Julian Assange may be granted political asylum in Ecuador according to The Guardian which has cited sources inside the Ecuadorian government in a report that Assange will be granted asylum in the South American country.
However, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa tweeted late on Tuesday that no decision has been made in the case.
In spite of the president's tweet The Guardian's source seems to imply that a decision was made a while ago.
"We see Assange's request as a humanitarian issue. The contact between the Ecuadorian government and WikiLeaks goes back to May 2011, when we became the first country to see the leaked US embassy cables completely declassified," said The Guardian's unnamed source.
"It is clear that when Julian entered the embassy there was already some sort of deal. We see in his work a parallel with our struggle for national sovereignty and the democratisation of international relations."
Even if granted asylum the Wikileaks founder stands a real chance of being arrested for violating bail terms. A warrant is out for Assange's capture and London police have reported that they will arrest the muckraker as soon as he leaves the embassy.
The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy since last June.
He quickly went into exile in the Ecuadorian embassy when he lost an appeal to stop his extradition to Sweden. Assange is wanted for questioning in the northern country as he is a person of interest in a sexual assault case involving two Wikileaks volunteers.
Assange has repeatedly said that he is unconcerned with the case in Sweden, but instead worries that once there he will be extradited to the US and be tried for crimes stemming from his involvement with Wikileaks.
Wikileaks famously released confidential emails from "shadow CIA" group Stratfor earlier this year.
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