It appears that Ecuador has granted political asylum to Julian Assange. The British government will likely try and keep him holed up in the embassy and prevent him from going to the airport and leaving the country.
Barack Obama, who promised ‘the most transparent administration’ when he was campaigning for the presidency, hates people who shine any negative light on his own administration’s activities. The only leaks it likes and encourages are ones that make it look good. The US government’s hatred of Wikileaks and its founder is well known and its treatment of Bradley Manning has been horrendous.
You can expect the US to try and punish Ecuador in some way for daring to defy it. Retaliation by the US is especially likely considering that Ecuador in 2009 closed the US military base in that country, though the president Rafael Correa, not showing the proper obsequiousness to his masters, said that he would be willing to reconsider if the US lets Ecuador set up a military base in Miami. After all, he said, “If there’s no problem having foreign soldiers on a country’s soil, surely they’ll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States.”