Julian Assange asylum decision likely this week, Ecuador president says
Rafael Correa says he hopes to announce decision soon on whether he will grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder
Associated Press in Quito
- guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 August 2012 08.44 BST
Correa told state TV a large amount of material about international law needed to be examined to make a responsible, informed decision.
He said he expected to have the latest reports by Wednesday.
Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London on 19 June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.
Ecuador is concerned Assange could run the risk of being extradited to the US and possibly face the death sentence there. Assange’s supporters believe he has been secretly indicted in the US.