UK: No close solution to Assange standoff

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague says there is no end in sight to the standoff with Ecuador over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange, who is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations, has been sheltering inside Ecuador's Embassy in London since June 19. Though he has been offered asylum by the Latin American nation, Assange will be arrested if he sets foot outside the mission.

Hague says talks he held Wednesday in London with Ecuador's Vice President Lenin Moreno hadn't offered hope of a quick resolution.

"This may go on for a long time," Hague told BBC radio on Thursday, speaking from New York.

Hague said he told Moreno Britain was "legally bound to arrest Mr. Assange and extradite him to Sweden."

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