Later on, he expressed his gratefulness in a statement when the Ecuador embassy said that Julian Assange had sought political asylum and he was “under the protection of the Ecuadorian government”.
“As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito,” the Ecuador embassy said.
It added: “While the department assesses Assange’s application, Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government”.
“The decision to consider 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,” it said.
Assange had lost his final bid to stop his extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sex offences last week when Britain’s Supreme Court dismissed his appeal to re-open the extradition case.
Julian Assange said he was “grateful” to the government of Ecuador for considering his application.