February 5, 2016 / 1:14 PM / 3 years ago

Time to free Assange, Ecuador says after U.N. panel decision

CARACAS (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be allowed to go free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London following a U.N. panel ruling calling for that on Friday, the South American country’s Foreign Minister said.

“What more do they want to be accused of before they start to rectify their error?” Ricardo Patino told regional broadcaster Telesur, in reference to Britain and Sweden.

Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the United States bypublishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden.

Saying Assange was a victim of “evident political persecution,” Patino added Ecuador was analysing its next steps in the legal and diplomatic arena.

Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer

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