Ecuador bid may not succeed: Assange

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said,“it could take hours,it could take days’’ before a decision was made.

Written by Associated Press | London | Published:June 23, 2012 1:14 am

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange acknowledged Thursday that he doesn’t know whether Ecuador will approve his unusual plea for political asylum,as he spent a third night inside the country’s London embassy.

Assange told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio in an interview that he had mounted his bizarre request for political asylum in Ecuador because his native Australia had made an “effective declaration of abandonment’’ by refusing to intervene in his planned extradition from Britain to Sweden.

“We had heard that the Ecuadoreans were sympathetic in relation to my struggles and the struggles of the organisation with the US,’’ Assange told ABC.

However,Assange acknowledged there was no guarantee that his plea would be successful,and indicated he didn’t know when a decision on his case would be made.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa told reporters in Quito on Thursday night that careful deliberations and consultations with other nations were involved.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said,“it could take hours,it could take days’’ before a decision was made. Speaking after visiting Assange,he said Ecuador had asked for information from Britain,Sweden and the US ahead of making a decision. Assange said that even if Ecuador rejected this plea,he would have helped to draw attention to what he insists are attempts in the US to draw up charges against him for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US documents via the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website.

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