Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, gives a news conference where he announced that Ecuador would grant asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The announcement comes two months after Assange took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, gives a news conference where he announced that Ecuador would grant asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The announcement comes two months after Assange took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.
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LONDON — Ecuador said Thursday that it was granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a decision that thrilled supporters but will do little to defuse the standoff at the Latin American nation's London embassy, where the Australian ex-hacker has been holed up for almost two months.

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