- AFP July 05, 2012 3:31PM
Two police motorcyclists stand outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces arrest should he leave the embassy, where he has sought political asylum. Source: AFP
ECUADOR’s foreign minister has said sexual assault allegations in Sweden against Julian Assange are laughable, but no ruling has been made on the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum application.
“Personally, (I think) this is hilarious,” Ecuadoran chief diplomat Ricardo Patino said, explaining that Assange “is charged because his condom broke”.
Assange is currently at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, seeking political asylum in the Latin American country.
Ecuadoran officials are examining the allegations of sexual misconduct in their review of Assange’s application.
British and Swedish authorities are awaiting Ecuador’s decision regarding Assange’s asylum application.
Patino said that one of the alleged victims filed a complaint, because she “realised that on certain nights, the condom broke.”
Assange, an Australian, maintains he had only consensual relations with the alleged victims.
The website founder fears that if extradited to Sweden, he will be subsequently re-extradited to the United States to stand trial for espionage, on account of the 250,000 US diplomatic cables that were published.
Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa, who has often been at odds with Washington and offered Assange asylum in 2010, has said that the South American country will take its time considering the application.