Here’s the scene outside London’s Ecuadorian Embassy today:
The protesters are supporting Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who has been living in the embassy since June 19.
Assange is avoiding extradition to Sweden, where officials want to question him about alleged sexual misconduct.
Assange’s supporters fear that handing him over to Sweden will open the door to a trial in the United States, where some politicians have labeled him a terrorist.
Ecuadorian officials won’t back down from their promise of asylum to Assange, despite pressure from U.S., U.K. and Swedish officials. They think he faces a serious threat of political persecution.
Meanwhile, in Ecuador, many support their country’s decision, and are angered by the U.K.’s efforts to undermine it.
“British and gringos are the same thing”
“We are sovereign, not colonies”
Yep. That’s a British flag.
And meanwhile, in Assange’s super-secret lair…
- At least six militants were killed and 13 hostages were rescued after police stormed a standoff at a restaurant in Bangladesh
- Votes are being counted after Australia went to the polls in an election that could mean big things for marriage equality and the Great Barrier Reef 🇦🇺
- The Obama administration, which has been notoriously secretive about its drone policy, said drone strikes have killed up to 116 civilians.