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Ecuador ambassador leaves UK to discuss Assange case

June 23, 2012 21:44

LONDON - Ecuador's ambassador to Britain is returning home to discuss whether to offer asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sought refuge in the South American country's London embassy, the embassy said on Saturday.

The Australian former computer hacker, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret US diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations.

Assange, who denies the claims, took refuge at Ecuador's embassy in a surprise move last Tuesday, days after Britain's Supreme Court said he could be extradited to Sweden in the coming weeks. Assange fears being sent on to the United States where he believes he could face charges punishable by death.

In his weekly television show on Saturday, Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said his government would make "a sovereign decision" on Assange's application and that it would not bow to overseas pressure - though it would take Britain's views into account.

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