"In general the furnishings are nice; relatively plush and comfortable but the embassy itself is really very small and even the ambassador's office, although pleasant, is not all that roomy."
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Julian Assange has breached his bail conditions in London and is currently petitioning for asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy
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. It is uncertain whether asylum will be granted, though Assange has a personal friendship with Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador. If his asylum bid is successful however, it is unclear how he would get from the safe haven of the six room embassy office to Ecuador without being arrested by British authorities. Such stalemates have happened before. Cardinal József Mindszenty
was unable to leave the US Embassy building in Budapest for fifteen years after being granted asylum. The Siberian Seven
were a group of seven political refugees who lived in a twelve foot by twenty foot room in the basement of the US embassy in Moscow for five years after being granted asylum in 1978. And in 1989, Chinese scientist and political activist Fang Lizhi
was granted asylum at the US embassy in Beijing following the Tiananmen Square Massacre. He lived in the office for thirteen months before being allowed safe passage to Britain.
Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks
and is facing extradition from the UK to Sweden in relation to sexual assault charges. His stated reason for seeking asylum is fear that, if extradited to Sweden he will subsequently be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges in related to massive military and diplomatic document leaks that WikiLeaks made public in 2010.