Ecuador Grants Political Asylum to WikiLeaks’ Assange
Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This decision thrilled supporters but did not defuse the standoff at the Latin American nation's London embassy. Assange's recognition as a political refugee by Ecuador's left-wing government was a big symbolic victory for the embattled ex-hacker. One still wonders how he will ever leave the embassy. "We're at something of an impasse," lawyer Rebecca Niblock said shortly after the news broke. "It's not a question of law anymore. It's a question of politics and diplomacy."