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Ecuador slams UK threat to storm embassy and nab Assange

posted 16 Aug 2012, 05:21 by Mpelembe   [ updated 16 Aug 2012, 05:25 ]

Ecuador says any attempt by Britain to enter its London embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be a "hostile and intolerable act". 
UK-ECUADOR EMBASSY - The diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange escalated on Wednesday (August 15) after Britain threatened to raid Ecuador's embassy in London if Quito did not hand over Assange, who has been taking refuge there for two months.

The Ecuadorian government bristled at the threat and said it would announce its decision on Assange's asylum request on Thursday (August 16) at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT).

Quito added that such an action would be considered a "hostile and intolerable act" as well as a violation of its sovereignty.