The diplomatic battle in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken a dramatic turn today: In an angry press conference streamed live on the Internet, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said Britain threatened to storm their embassy in London if Assange was not handed over to police.
“Ecuador is not a British colony,” Patiño said. “The days of colonialism are over.”
Patiño said Britain made the threat in writing and while diplomatic talks were ongoing. He added that if an assault does happen Ecuador would take appropriate action and look to the Organization of American States for help.
If you remember, Assange sought refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in London. Switzerland wants him extradited, in order to question him about allegations of rape.
Patiño said a decision on whether to grant Assange asylum has been made and will be announced at 7 a.m. Quito time.