Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has slammed what he called Britain’s “vulgar threats” to remove WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuador embassy in London where he has been granted asylum.
“Never, as long as I am president, will Ecuador accept threats like these, which are absolutely vulgar, inconsiderate and intolerable,” Correa said in a weekly statement on Saturday.
“We will not give up our sovereignty. We respect everyone, and we are always seeking dialogue, but the final decision is ours.”
On Wednesday, Ecuador said it had been informed in writing that Britain was willing to seize Assange from the embassy in order to extradite him to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about sexual assault allegations.