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Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum Setting Up Standoff With U.K.

Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum yesterday, setting up a confrontation with the U.K. that said it won’t allow him to leave the country after two months in the South American nation’s London embassy.

Assange, 41, sought asylum at the diplomatic building on June 19 after exhausting options in U.K. courts to avert extradition to Sweden, where the Australian citizen faces questioning on allegations of rape and sexual molestation.