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Ecuador clarifies invite to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

December 1, 2010 | 10:20 am

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.

As the fallout continued this week over the U.S. diplomatic cables leaked on his website, the elusive Assange is now on the Interpol most-wanted list for alleged sexual assault in Sweden.

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City