PARIS: France has denied the request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for political asylum after which Assange is in great trouble.
Assange had directly appealed to French President Francois Hollande just after WikiLeaks published documents in which it was disclosed that US had spied several French leaders including President Hollande as well.
“France is the only country that can offer me the necessary protection against the political persecutions I face”, said Assange in a letter to the President.
Assange has been currently living for the past three years in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
He is afraid that Sweden could then extradite him to the United States, where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks’ publication of vast numbers of classified documents.
Less than an hour after his letter was published by Le Monde’s website, President’s office issued a statement saying the asylum request has been rejected.