WikiLeaks Julian Assange seeks asylum from Ecuadorian embassy in London

Rebecca Harrington

Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's foreign minister, announced Tuesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking asylum from their foreign embassy in London, the Associated Press reported.

The country released a statement explaining it would consider Assange's application for asylum, and he will remain in the embassy under their protection until a decision is reached.

Assange is wanted by Sweden for sexual misconduct charges, possibly the U.S. for divulging national secrets and has been under house arrest outside London since December 2010, according to The New York Times. He appealed the U.K. government that he not be extradited to Sweden because of a technicality, and the Supreme Court ruled last week that they would not re-open the case, Mashable reported.

"The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden," the embassy said in the statement.