Ecuador asked Sweden to send officials to interview Julian Assange at their embassy in London. Sweden says no, they will not travel to London. (Updated).
Digital Journal reported on July 29 that the Ecuadorian government had told Swedish authorities that they are welcome to come over to London to question the whistleblower over sex crime allegations. It was hoped that if they do come to London, the matter can finally be cleared up.
Assange wishes to avoid being extradited to Sweden, as there are fears that he will then be sent on to the U.S. on charges of espionage, for the release of diplomatic cables in the Cablegate leak.
According to the WikiLeaks twitter feed, Sweden has rejected the request and will not travel to London to meet with Assange. they have given no "meaningful explanation" for this.
The tweet reads:
#Wikileaks: BREAKING: Sweden rejected Assange & Ecuador request to interview him in UK - without any meaningful explanation... "
Assange has now been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for 6 weeks. As the embassy is small, and there is no outside space, he is feeling stressed by the situation, and according to his mother, Christine Assange, he is suffering.
Update:Media reports state that the Ecuadorian government has sought legal guarantees from both the U.K. and Sweden that Assange will not be extradited to the United States.
A senior Ecuadorian legal adviser said, “If Ecuador could be assured that the evil it wishes to prevent: The extradition to the USA of Julian Assange, could be [avoided], then that would be a just solution.”
According to two officials at the embassy, they had yet to receive an answer from either country concerning such legal guarantees.
The legal adviser further stated that Ecuador has sought clarification from the U.S. government on the subject of extradition from Sweden to the U.S. The adviser did acknowledge that they are unlikely to receive an answer.