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Britain has withdrawn a threat to enter Ecuador's embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge there, says President Rafael Correa.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

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