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Update 9:55am: via the New York Times, "The government of Ecuador on Thursday said it had decided to grant asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Mr. Assange has been holed up for nearly two months in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where police arrested some of his supporters on Thursday."
BREAKING NEWS: Britain begged not to storm Ecuadoran Embassy in Seeking Assange
Greg Manahan writes further: "The Center for Constitutional Rights has issues this action request for people in Great Britain: urging them to stop the British government from raiding the embassy of Ecuador to grab Assange:
'UK friends, today is the day to show your commitment to human rights and freedom of press. British authorities have threatened to raid Ecuador's embassy in London if Julian Assange is not handed over. The UN General Assembly has unanimously declared that the granting of asylum cannot be construed as an unfriendly act by other countries. This threat from the British government is a major assault on international law and the rights of asylum seekers. If you are in London, go to the embassy and show your support!'
The irony & hypocrisy is staggering: William Hague slams Iranian breaches into the British embassy in Tehran, calling them a "violation of the Vienna Convention" -- only hours after his government threatens to storm the embassy of Ecuador to arrest Julian Assange."
Jennifer Slattery updates us about some somber developments in the Assange case: "Britain has told the Ecuadorean authorities it believes officials can enter its embassy in London and arrest Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, according to Ecuador's minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino.
The development came two months after Assange walked into the embassy in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Patino said Ecuador would announce its decision regarding Assange's asylum request at 7am (noon GMT) on Thursday."
Slattery notes further: "Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said the letter from the UK to Ecuador stated: '"You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy. We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us.'"
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Author & political activist Naomi Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change.