The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

Britain, Sweden silent on Ecuador Assange proposal


LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Foreign Office was tightlipped on Saturday over a proposal from Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be transferred from London to Sweden but stay under Quito's protection.

Sweden's foreign ministry for its part said Stockholm had not received any approach from Quito and would not speculate on the proposal.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he was weighing such a transfer as a possible alternative for Mr Assange to "remain under our protection while also satisfying the demands of the Swedish justice system."

Mr Assange took shelter in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition from Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations.