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article imageEcuador recalls UK ambassador for discussions on Assange

By Anne Sewell     Jun 23, 2012 in World
London - In the latest on the situation with the WikiLeaks founder, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has recalled his U.K. ambassador to discuss Julian Assange's bid for political asylum.
As reported on Digital Journal, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy four days ago, both seeking political asylum and breaking his bail conditions. U.K. police are poised to arrest him, should he step outside the embassy.
Assange seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden on allegations of rape, fearing Stockholm will turn him over to the U.S.
Ecuador is currently analyzing the political asylum bid by Julian Assange, without concession to foreign pressure, but with caution to the opinion of "other countries."
Correa said on Friday, "We are calling our ambassador back for consultations because this is a very serious matter. We are going to proceed cautiously, responsibly and seriously in this case, without bowing to absolutely any pressure.”
Envoy to Ecuador, Ana Alban, had earlier met with U.K. authorities to find out their point of view. Correa says they had a "very courteous communication with the English government on their point of view."
"We will take it into account, but Ecuador will make the final decision. We don't wish to offend anyone, least of all a country we hold in such deep regard as the United Kingdom. We are going to have to discuss with and seek the opinions of other countries,” he added
Yesterday, in an interview with ABC Radio, Assange said that Washington is building a plot to bring him to the U.S. He said that he hoped his dramatic move would at least “draw attention to the underlying issues." Further, he stated that the Australian government had made an "effective declaration of abandonment" by not intervening in British court procedures, despite his Australian nationality.
Reports had stated that the decision of granting asylum to Assange was expected soon.
However, President Correa said that is too early to speak of "safe passage" out of the country for Assange, as the final decision has not yet been reached. Correa said that Ecuador will take all the time necessary to verify the reasons presented by Assange.
“Ecuador is a country which defends the right to life,” he said. “We have to see whether there is a threat to Julian Assange's life."
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