Ecuador alters refuge offer to WikiLeaks founder

Foreign minister changes official tune of unconditional residency to embattled whistle-blower Julian Assange


Associated Press
December 1, 2010 12:20AM (UTC)

Ecuador appears to be modifying its offer of unconditional residency to the embattled founder of the online whistle-blower WikiLeaks.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said in a TV interview Tuesday that the possibility "will have to be studied from the legal and diplomatic perspective."

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His deputy Kintto Lucas said Monday that Ecuador was open to giving Julian Assange residence "without any kind of trouble and without any kind of conditions."

The 39-year-old Australian has incensed Washington and many other governments by releasing hundreds of sensitive diplomatic cables.

He had sought residency in Sweden. But a court there has ordered him detained for questioning on sexual assault allegations. Assange denies the allegations.


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