In a big development, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and sought asylum in that country, by complicating the matter for the British authorities.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said that their government led by President Rafael Correa will consider Assange's plea and take an appropriate decision.
The latest development will lead to a major diplomatic row if Assange's plea is accepted and he is given asylum in Ecuador. In that case, it would be difficult for Britain to extradite Assange to Sweden.
Assange was forced to take the other way out after Britain's Supreme Court upheld the decision to allow his extradition to Sweden to be tried over sex crimes allegations.
Assange finds Ecuador as the right place to seek refuge, as that country has been at loggerheads with his bete noire, the United States.