France Says Assange Isn't In Danger, Denies Asylum Request
In a bid for asylum, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked France to "carry out a humanitarian and symbolic gesture," but France denied the request.By Kate Grumke | July 3, 2015
Wikileaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange sent an open letter to French President François Hollande asking for asylum, but the request was almost immediately rejected.
The letter was published in French newspaper Le Monde Friday. Assange wrote, "By welcoming me, France would carry out a humanitarian and symbolic gesture, sending encouragement to every journalist and whistleblower."
Assange said his life is in danger, but in its rejection, Hollande's office said, "Mr. Assange's situation presents no immediate danger."