Latin American Foreign Ministers Back Assange

Police remain poised outside Ecuador's embassy in London.


Ecuador's decision to grant Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asylum has been backed by foreign ministers from countries across South America.

A document agreed at the Union of South American Nations meeting in Ecuador said it supported the country "in the face of the threat" to its London embassy, where he has taken refuge.

The UK has said it could potentially lift the embassy's diplomatic status.