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Tuesday’s
unexpected caper has added a new and bizarre twist to Assange’s
increasingly desperate bid to avoid extradition to Scandinavia.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the leftist government
of President Rafael Correa — an administration often at odds with
Washington — was weighing the request, although he did not indicate when
a decision might be made.

Assange said in a brief statement that
he was grateful “to the Ecuadorean ambassador and the government of
Ecuador for considering my application.”

Assange’s legal options
in the U.K. had almost completely run out. Less than a week ago
Britain’s Supreme Court re-endorsed its decision to allow the
40-year-old’s extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes
allegations. The accusations — which stem from Assange’s trip to the
country in mid-2010 — have cast a cloud over his online organization’s
spectacular leaks of U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence
material.

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