Ecuadorian ambassador in talks over Assange's request for political asylum

The Ecuadorian ambassador is understood to be flying home this weekend for talks on the country's response to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Australian is seeking political asylum in Ecuador to prevent him being extradited to Sweden and has been at the country's embassy in London since Tuesday. Mr Assange faces allegations of sex crimes in the Scandinavian country, which he denies. Ambassador Anna Alban, who met the Government on Wednesday morning, is due to discuss the matter in Quito.