Quito, Aug. 19 (ANI): Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has said that he wanted a guarantee from Britain and Sweden that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to a third country.
"We've never said that Julian Assange shouldn't answer to the Swedish justice system nor contribute to the investigation into these supposed crimes," Correa said.What we have always asked for is a guarantee that there won't be a second extradition to a third country as that would put at risk Mr Assange's life and freedom," Correa added.
Ecuador has granted asylum to Assange, who took refuge at Ecuador's Embassy in London in June.
According to the BBC, he faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he has denied.
According to the report, Correa has called a letter from the British Government over its claimed legal right to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in some circumstances 'intolerable' and 'an explicit threat', which had to be rejected.
"Ecuador, in a sovereign fashion, decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr Julian Assange," he said.
President Rafael Correa used his weekly address to discuss about Assange.
Correa said if a South American nation had acted in the same way as Britain or Sweden, it would have been dubbed a dictatorship. (ANI)