Embassy entry would be "diplomatic 'suicide" for UK, says Ecuador president

  • Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said the UK would be committing diplomatic suicide if it tried to enter his country's embassy in London.

    Correa added such a move could result in the UK having its diplomatic missions around the world entered.

    He made the comments while speaking to state television about the escalating row over Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

    Correa gave limited details on what the next diplomatic step might be. However, he did say that he was prepared to take the issue to the United Nations if necessary.

    Assange has been in the embassy since June. Last week, Correa, a self-declared enemy of “corrupt” media and U.S. “imperialism”, granted him asylum.

    The UK is seeking to extradite Assange to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

    Assange entered the embassy while on bail before extradition proceedings against him started.

    He fears Sweden will hand him over to the United States where he believes he would face long-term imprisonment. The United States says it is not involved in the matter.