Thursday, August 16, 2012

Diplomatic Row over 'threat to arrest Assange'

A diplomatic row brews over claims that the government is threatening to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is seeking political asylum.

Ecuador's minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino, released details of a letter he said was delivered through a British embassy official in the capital of the South American country, Quito.

The letter said: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.


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