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Globe readers quick to defend WikiLeaks' Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in this December 5, 2011 file photo.


The community team rounds up the most-commented articles from the Globe and Mail's website and features the most popular postings. (Note: Some comments have been condensed and edited. Scores are accurate at the time of publishing.)

When news broke this week that Ecuador had granted political asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, a day after the British government threatened to storm the Ecuadorean embassy in London to arrest him, Globe readers were quick to weigh in, making it the most-commented story of the week.

Many readers supported Ecuador's decision, including John Chuckman, whose response, "Good," was the highest rated at 179 (257 thumbs up, 78 thumbs down).

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HeinekenGreen received another high score, 150, on his comment:

"I respect Ecuador for not capitulating to bullying from the U.K., the U.S.A., or anyone else. The challenge now is to get him out of the U.K. and safely to Ecuador. I believe the rape charges are bogus and only meant to discredit and distract from the true services to humanity and freedom he has provided through WikiLeaks. Powerful stuff that the powerful will do anything to prevent more of - including fabricating charges, threatening to storm embassies, and other nonsense."

These are the 10 most-commented stories for the week of  Aug. 12, 2012.

1. Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks founder Assange Comments: 1,414

2. Only 2 per cent of Canadians don't believe in climate change: poll Comments: 1,161

3. Doctors call on Ottawa to reject 'backdoor' attempt to recriminalize abortion Comments: 1,077

4. Boycott of Israeli settlements would shatter United Church's credibility Comments: 839

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5. Image of Asian-looking woman banned from new $100 bills after complaints Comments: 680

6. Ontario Liberals unveil details of threatened legislation to freeze teachers' pay Comments: 630

7. Is it time for the second coming of Trudeaumania? Comments: 547

8. Under fire, Mitt Romney says he has paid at least 13 percent income tax for the past decade Comments: 511

9. Toronto council could force Mayor to get driver if he doesn't relent: Doug Ford Comments: 498

10. Ecuador should not give Assange asylum; and he should step out and defend himself

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