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LONDON — Julian Assange spent a second night in Ecuador’s London embassy as the South American nation’s maverick president said Wednesday that his nation was seriously and responsibly weighing the secret-spilling activist’s political asylum request.
“We will take the time that’s needed because this is a very serious matter,” President Rafael Correa said in televised interview with Venezuela’s Telesur network in Rio de Janeiro.
Meanwhile, Assange’s backers could be set to lose the £240,000 ($385,000) they put up for him as a surety. Among those who contributed funds to guarantee Assange’s bail were socialite Jemima Khan and film-makers Ken Loach and Michael Moore. Each reportedly offered up $32,000 for Assange.
Given that the WikiLeaks founder has violated the overnight curfew included in his bail terms, a court could rule that the backers have to forfeit the funds.
The asylum bid took many Assange supporters by surprise — including some…
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