“…The acrimonious stand-off over Julian Assange’s attempt to avoid extradition on sex charges intensified last night -
- as Britain and Ecuador battled to gain international support for their positions.
The South American nation tried to win backing from its neighbours by condemning the UK’s threats to enter its London embassy to seize the WikiLeaks founder.
Britain countered with calls to countries around the globe – but focusing on Latin America – to explain that it believes Ecuador’s decision to grant political asylum to Mr Assange was flawed.
Relations between the UK and Ecuador went into meltdown when Quito revealed the threat to arrest Mr Assange, regardless of his residence in the embassy building in Knightsbridge -
- under a previously little-known legal power…”
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