19 Aug 2012

Australian assistance declined by Assange

10:26 am on 19 August 2012

The Australian government says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, has declined offers for consular assistance.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's office says consular officials have spoken with Ecuadorian embassy staff on eight occasions, who have then relayed messages to Mr Assange.

The last conversation was just before Ecuador granted him asylum on Thursday.

A spokesman for Senator Carr says Mr Assange was offered consular assistance, but he declined the offer.

Mr Assange remains at the Ecuadorian embassy as a diplomatic stand-off continues between Ecuador and the UK.

Ecuador has granted him political asylum, but Britain is determined to extradite him to Sweden to face accusations of sexual assault.

The ABC reports that Mr Assange fears he will be sent from Sweden to the United States.

Senator Carr also reiterated earlier comments that Australia has no evidence to suggest the US is intent on seizing Mr Assange.