Official to visit Assange ahead of anniversary of embassy asylum

Saturday 01 June 2013 21.05
Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 19 June last year
Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 19 June last year

A senior Ecuadorian government minister is to visit London on the eve of the first anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic arrival at the country's embassy, it was announced today.

Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's Foreign Minister, will meet with Mr Assange at the embassy in London.

He has offered to hold talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to try to reach an agreement over Mr Assange's future.

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

He is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sexual allegations by two women - which he denies.

Mr Assange fears he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over publication by WikiLeaks of confidential information if he travels to Sweden.