WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has applied for political asylum with Ecuador, just days before he was to be extradited to Sweden, according to a statement.
The WikiLeaks founder, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden following a series of rape and coercion allegations made against him, sought protection from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on June 19, reports claim.
It’s believed he will remain there until a decision on his application has been made.
"The decision to consider Mr Assange's application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden," the embassy said in the statement.
Assange claims that his native Australia had failed to offer him adequate protection and he was therefore forced to seek asylum elsewhere.
An official Ecuadorian statement read: "evaluating the request of Mr. Julian Assange and any decision on it will take into account respect for the rules and principles of international law and the traditional policy of Ecuador to safeguarding human rights."
We’ll keep you posted on any updates once we've heard the outcome of the decision.