Julian Assange, controversial founder of the secret-spilling organization WikiLeaks, has sought political asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London, according to the South American nation's foreign minister. Assange, who gained global notoriety after publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents online in recent years, is apparently trying to dodge "allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers" — claims that Assange maintains are politically motivated. Ecuador is reportedly "studying and analyzing" Assange's request for asylum.
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