This is going to make for one excellent/really boring movie weighted down by all this bureaucratic nonsense. Overnight, Ecuador formally granted WikiLeaks founder and aspiring late night talk show host, Julian Assange, asylum after Team GB threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy and arrest him earlier in the day. Draamaa!
It was deemed a ‘fundamental human right’ by Foreign Minister Ricardo Pantino (awesome name) for Assange to receive and enjoy asylum in Ecuador after taking shelter in the embassy for almost a month, where hundreds of supports rallied outside in a Les Mis style barricade to prevent Assange’s arrest.
Previously, British courts had ordered that Assange be extradited to Sweden to face long-standing allegations of sexual assault, which could then lead to him being extradited to America where he faces prosecution, imprisonment and potentially the death penalty over leaking all the important documents.
Already the subject of an upcoming Channel Ten series, ‘Underground: The Julian Assange Story‘, Assange’s tale thus far is also the subject of a number of Hollywood big screen projects, an adaptation of Andrew Fowler’s biography on Assange, The Most Dangerous Man In The World, and according to Deadline, there are several other projects in the works, including a DreamWorks production with Jeremy Renner, a Universal productions documentary and film, as well as an HBO film.
Lena Dunham will* play Assange.
Here are some photos of Ecuador, where Assange will be taking avacationsylum:
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