Photo: Ecuador Asking UK If Assange Can Leave Embassy to Go to the Hospital
Worrying about the health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the Ecuadorian embassy in England has asked the UK if they will allow the wanted man to go to the hospital without fear of arrest.
In August, Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador and has been holed up in the embassy since, as leaving would result in his arrest and extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault and rape allegations.
The Australian has been a target of many governments for releasing a number of private and classified in-house documents on the Wikileaks website.
According to Reuters, Ecuador’s Vice Foreign Minister Marco Albuja Martinez has been quoted as saying, “Assange has grown noticeably thinner, and we are very concerned about his health.”
The embassy believes Assange needs medical attention, but officials do not want to send him out into London if he faces arrest. They seek safe passage, but say they will not push the issue and allow the proper officials to consider their request.
To Voice of Russia Radio in Moscow:
If he falls ill, we will have to choose between two alternatives: to treat Assange in the embassy or hospitalize him. This is a very serious situation and it can affect Assange’s human rights.