UK threat to storm embassy to take Assange
August 16, 2012 - 8:06AM
The UK has issued a "threat" to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Julian Assange, who has been taking refuge inside since June.
The news comes as the country prepares to announce within hours its decision on granting asylum to the Australian WikiLeaks founder, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says.
The British government has told the Ecuadorian authorities it believes it can enter its embassy in London and arrest Assange, who is seeking political asylum in the South American country.
Ecuadorean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patino. Photo: AFP
Assange is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations in Sweden, but says he fears deportation to the United States, which may seek to try him for his website's release of a trove of secret documents.
Patino told a news conference that Ecuador received a written threat on Wednesday from Britain that "it could assault our embassy" if Assange was not handed over.
He said the threat was delivered to Ecuador's foreign ministry and ambassador in London.
Ecuador has said it hopes to announce a decision this week on Assange's asylum request.
The Australian has been holed up in the embassy since June 19, taking refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.
Assange's supporters say the charges are trumped up and believe the US has secretly indicted him and would extradite him from Sweden.
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This is an absolutely disgusting act by the UK government if true. Stay out of other people's business you clowns.