Ecuador President: Decision on Assange Still Pending

Hours after the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper reported that President Rafael Correa of Ecuador had agreed to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, Correa took to Twitter to deny the report. "Rumors about asylum for Assange are false," he tweeted in Spanish. A report on the website of the Ecuadorian presidency indicates that the decision may be made Wednesday. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy since June 19 in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces accusations of sex crimes. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Assange believes he is being prosecuted on political grounds and that Sweden will extradite him to the United States, where he may be targeted for his infamous release of U.S. secret documents. Assange was accused of rape and sexual assault by two WikiLeaks supporters. Assange, who has not been charged for any crime, says he had consensual sex with the women.

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