Ecuador envoy to UK says Brits 'behaved like imperialists' over Assange arrest threats

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 05:50 hrs

Britain behaved like it was still an empire in its threat to raid Ecuador's embassy in London and arrest Julian Assange, an Ecuadorian official has said.

"They were trying to show this little country that the British are still an empire and we should learn to be good boys during our stay here," Ecuadorian ambassador to London Ana Alban said.

Alban said that the threat, made in August just before Ecuador granted asylum to Assange, was "the biggest mistake" committed by Britain since she became ambassador, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Alban laughingly told the BBC radio that she even found one policeman right outside her toilet window and had to use a different one.

According to the report, the envoy said she was taken completely by surprise by Assange's asylum request, and her immediate worries had been over practical issues such as where to find bed linen for the WikiLeaks founder.

"The embassy still does not have a washing machine to handle their guest's laundry," she added.

Assange, 41, has been holed up in the London's Ecuador embassy since June 19 claiming asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged rape and sexual assault. (ANI)

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