Sweden spurns offer to question Assange

Sweden spurns offer to question Assange

Ecuador’s foreign minister says Swedish officials have refused to accept his country’s offer to let them question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Ricardo Patino said Sweden declined the offer to question Mr Assange in person or via video conference at Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Mr Assange, 41, took refuge in the embassy on June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

He claims the accusations are a pretext to extradite him to the United States, which he claims wants to prosecute him for publishing secret US documents.

Ecuador says it will not announce a decision on Mr Assange’s asylum request until after the Olympics.

Mr Assange’s mother Christine met Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa in the capital Quito yesterday.

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