Ecuador clarifies invite to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Ecuador has clarified an invitation made by a government official welcoming WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the country. President Rafael Correa said in a statement late Tuesday that the comments by a deputy foreign minister, Kintto Lucas, were "personal" and not an official invitation.
"Kintto Lucas's quoted comment was a spontaneous, personal response to a question from a local journalist and garnered attention due to the high international interest in the WikiLeaks story," the Ecuadoran embassy in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.
-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City