Ecuador: Sweden spurned offer to question Assange

Ecuador's foreign minister says he has been told unofficially that Swedish officials have not accepted his country's offer to let them question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says in a statement released Wednesday that Sweden declined the offer to question Assange in person or via video conference.

Assange took refuge in the embassy June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. He claims the accusations are a pretext to extradite him to the United States, which he claims wants to prosecute him for publishing secret U.S. documents.

Ecuador says it will not announce a decision on Assange's asylum request until after the London Olympics end.

Assange's mother met Wednesday with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.