Top Ecuador Diplomat Says Meeting Set on Assange

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuador's foreign minister says he plans to meet with his British counterpart on June 17 to discuss the unresolved asylum case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange will by then be completing a year of living in cramped quarters in Ecuador's London embassy.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced the meeting with Britain's William Hague via Twitter on Monday and says he hopes to sketch out a resolution.

Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. Britain has refused to grant him safe passage.

Ecuador says Assange faces a real threat of political persecution from the U.S. for publishing a trove of secret U.S. documents.

The U.S. soldier who admitted leaking the documents, Bradley Manning, went on trial Monday outside Washington.

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