QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says there will be an announcement today on the asylum request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in a London embassy trying to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about alleged sexual misconduct.
The decision comes amid accusation that Britain threatened to storm Ecuador's London embassy to arrest Assange.
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said yesterday that Britain had issued "a written threat."
Assange, the secret-spilling former Australian hacker, took refuge in Ecuador's embassy on June 19.
As news broke of the warning, police were seen reinforcing Scotland Yard's presence outside the embassy.
British officials have vowed they will not grant Assange safe passage out of their country. They say they will arrest him the moment he steps foot outside the embassy.
But they had not publicly suggested they might strip the embassy of its diplomatic inviolability.