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Ecuadorean foreign minister: Assange in 'good spirits'

Ecuador's foreign minister tonight met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the embassy where the Australian has been staying for the past year.

The Ecuadorean Embassy in central London Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Ricardo Patino said Mr Assange was in "good spirits" despite the "limitations" of his accommodation inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Mr Patino added that the Ecuadorean government remains "firmly committed to protecting his human rights" and that it is seeking "cast iron assurances to avoid any onward extradition".

Mr Assange has been living inside the embassy since 19 June last year. He is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations by two women - which he denies - but fears being extradited to the United States if he leaves.

Ecuadorian minister to meet Julian Assange at embassy

Julian Assange pictured on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in December last year. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

A senior Ecuadorian minister will make a brief visit to the UK ahead of talks over the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, is due to meet Mr Assange at the country's embassy later today, before holding talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague tomorrow.

The Australian has been inside the embassy since June 19 last year and has since been granted political asylum.


Ecuadorian minister to visit Assange at embassy

A senior Ecuadorian government minister will visit London as the first anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic arrival at the country's embassy approaches.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino will meet with Mr Assange at the embassy in London, and has offered to hold talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague to try to reach an agreement over Mr Assange's future.

The Australian has been inside the embassy since June last year and has since been granted political asylum.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pictured in November 2012. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A Foreign Office spokesperson said they had been informed of Mr Patino's intention to travel to London "and we are now considering a request for a meeting with the Foreign Secretary".

"UK Government officials have been in regular contact with representatives of the Ecuadorian Government, both in London and Quito, about Mr Assange", they continued.

"We hope the visit will contribute to our joint commitment to finding a diplomatic solution to this issue".

FCO: Safe release of Kathryn Cox after Ecuador

We are very pleased to be able to confirm that Kathryn Sara Cox, who was kidnapped in a remote part of Sucumbios province, Ecuador, on Friday 28 September has been found today: 30 September.

She, along with an Australian national, was found following an intensive search of the area by the police and military.

She is now in the care of Ecuadorean and UK officials, and her health and safety is our top priority. We are giving full consular assistance to both her and her family.

We are grateful to the Ecuadorean authorities for recovering Kathryn and her companion, and are working with them to establish the facts of what happened and who was responsible.

– An FCO spokesperson

Assange expects to be in Ecuadorian embassy 'for up to a year'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expects to wait up to a year for a deal to free him from Ecuador's embassy in London.

I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy. The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario.

Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case.

I think this will be solved in between six and 12 months, that's what I estimate.

– Julian Assange told Ecuador's Gama television network

Ecuador says Britain withdraws threat to raid embassy in Assange standoff

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London Credit: Olivia Harris / Reuters

Britain has withdrawn a threat to enter Ecuador's embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge there, says President Rafael Correa.

"We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy," Correa said in a weekly media address.

In a statement, Ecuador's government said it had received "a communication from the British Foreign Office which said that there was no threat to enter the embassy."

Ecuador was furious after the British government warned it might try to seize Assange, who has been holed up in the building for more than two months trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.


Ministers urge Britain and Ecuador to end Assange stand off

Foreign ministers from the American continent have urged Britain and Ecuador to peacefully end the stand off over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Organisation of American States (OAS) met in Washington yesterday to discuss the situation and passed a motion backing the "inviolability of diplomatic missions".

Senior officials from the 34-member bloc also urged the two sides to continue a dialogue to resolve the row.

Police instructions on Julian Assange's arrest

The "current" tactics, captured by a photographer from the clipboard of a police officer, on dealing with the WikiLeaks founder read:

BRIEF - EQ. Embassy brief - Summary of current position Re Assange.

Action required - Assange to be arrested under all circumstances.

He comes out with dip. immun., as dip bag, in dip bag (risk to life) in dip. vehicle. - ARRESTED.

Discuss possibilities of distraction. ...

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