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decision expected this week

Ecuador denies reports on Assange asylum

Published onsdag 15 augusti 2012 kl 08.59
Julian Assange is inside Ecuador's embassy in London. Photo: Scanpix.

Ecuador has denied a British media report that it has already decided to grant asylum to Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London after the British Supreme Court ordered his extradition to Sweden for questioning on sex crime accusations.

The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday cited an unnamed Ecuadorian government official, who said asylum will be granted.

But that prompted a quick response from Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who repeated his earlier remarks that the decision would be made later this week.

His foreign minister Ricardo Patino has commented that the issue is not just asylum for Assange but also how to get him out of Britain if it is granted. The London police say they will detain the fugitive as soon as he leaves the diplomatic sanctuary of the embassy.

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