Ecuador holds talks with UK Labour Party over Assange embassy impasse

London, Mar 30 (ANI): The Ecuadorean authorities believe there is so little hope of Julian Assange leaving its London embassy in the near future that it has held talks with the British Labour Party in a bid to strike a deal that would see the Wikileaks founder sent to Sweden, where he faces rape charges, after the 2015 election, it has emerged.

According to The Independent, sources claimed that Ecuador has "lost all faith" in the present government ever agreeing to offer such a commitment and believes that convincing the Labour Party to promise to block the onward extradition is their best chance.

A source said the Ecuadorian government has approached the Labour Party in the hope of striking a deal for after the next election.

They do not believe that it is beneficial for Assange to be resident permanently in the London embassy, the source added.

Assange has refused to go to Sweden for questioning unless he has assurances that he will not then be sent on to America, where he reportedly faces trial for espionage over his work with WikiLeaks. (ANI)