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Ecuador has granted political asylum to the former computer hacker who incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010.

WikiLeaks had said that Assange would make a statement outside the embassy, stirring speculation that he would be arrested by British police who were patrolling in force outside the red-brick legation in a wealthy district of London.

But a workman inside the embassy could be seen on Sunday morning prising the hinges off a door leading to a small balcony on the corner of the embassy, indicating that Assange could avoid arrest by speaking from that perch.

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