Julian Assange Has Become A "Prisoner"!Submitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 13:34
Julian Assange was holed up in Ecuador's London embassy on Friday with police guarding its exits after Britain warned that the diplomatic standoff over the WikiLeaks founder could go on for years.
Ecuador granted asylum on Thursday to Assange -- whose website enraged the United States by publishing a vast cache of confidential government files -- but Britain has vowed not to grant him safe passage out of the country.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said his government was obliged under its own laws to extradite the Australian national to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.
"No one, least of all the government of Ecuador, should be in any doubt that we are determined to carry out our legal obligation to see Mr Assange extradited to Sweden," Hague told a press conference on Thursday.
He admitted that the stalemate could continue for months or even years.