16 Aug 2012

Britain threatens to raid Ecuadorian embassy

3:27 pm on 16 August 2012

In a dramatic twist to the Julian Assange asylum case Ecuador is claiming that Britain is threatening to raid its embassy in London if they don't hand over the Wikileaks founder.

Ecuador says it plans to announce a decision on his asylum request on Thursday.

Mr Assange has been taking refuge in the embassy for two months in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges.

Ecuador's foreign minister held a media conference in the capital Quito.

He said the threat was "improper of a democratic, civilised and rule abiding country".

He said it would be interpreted as a hostile act and said Ecuador was not "a British colony."