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UK Wikileaks' Julian Assange 'threat' over, says Ecuador president

  • Britain has "given up its threat" to enter Ecuador's London embassy to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, according to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.

    Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Correa said: "We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy."

    A diplomatic row broke out after Ecuador granted asylum to Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual offences. He denies any wrongdoing.

    The UK claims it never made any threats.

    The Foreign Office (FCO) said it sent the Ecuadorean embassy an official letter on Friday, in a bid to end the stalemate and allow talks to resume.

    Ecuador had accused Britain of threatening to enter its London embassy and detain Assange, who took refuge in the building in June, after UK officials said a 1987 law gave police the authority to enter diplomatic premises.

    Assange fears Sweden will hand him over the U.S. because of his website's publication of confidential documents.