The UK will do everything in its power to block Assange’s passage to Ecuador even if he is granted asylum by the nation’s government, officials said, claiming a legal obligation to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to Sweden.
UK authorities sparked a scandal when they announced they were prepared to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to apprehend Assange, effectively revoking the embassy’s diplomatic immunity.
In response, the Ecuadorian National Assembly President Fernando Cordero called an emergency meeting to assess “unusual and arrogant threat to pave our embassy in London.”
“Giving asylum doesn’t fundamentally change anything,” said a spokesperson from the UK Foreign Office.
“We must be absolutely clear this means that should we receive a request for safe passage for Mr Assange, after granting asylum, this would be refused.”