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Deadlock in Assange WikiLeaks saga continues

Julian Assange sought refuge one year ago.

Julian Assange sought refuge one year ago.

LONDON — British and Ecuadoran officials said Monday that they had failed to make a breakthrough in the standoff over Julian Assange, the controversial WikiLeaks founder who has spent the past year holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy.

Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, who recently argued that Assange has a ‘‘fundamental right’’ to sunbathe, met with his British counterpart, William Hague, for 45 minutes Monday, but they failed to end the diplomatic deadlock.

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Assange shot to international attention in 2010, when his website released a huge cache of confidential military and diplomatic cables, enraging the US government.

Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is on trial at Fort Meade in Maryland over allegations that he gave classified material to WikiLeaks.

A year ago this Wednesday, Assange dramatically sought refuge in the Ecuadoran Embassy — next to Harrods in London’s salubrious Knightsbridge area — in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him about alleged sex crimes. Assange, who denies wrongdoing, walked into the embassy five days after he lost a marathon legal battle in the British courts, which ultimately upheld an extradition warrant from Sweden.

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