he British and Swedish governments criticized Ecuador for granting political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the U.K. is still under a "binding obligation" to send Assange, who's holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations, and that the case has nothing to do with his website's release of secret U.S. documents. Sweden's foreign ministry said it is "unacceptable that Ecuador would want to halt the Swedish judicial process." Britain says it won't let Assange leave; Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, says he hopes talks will "overcome this."
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