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16/08/2012 09:58 BST | Updated 16/08/2012 10:48 BST

Louise Mensch: UK Should Cut Ties With Ecuador Over Julian Assange Asylum

Tory MP Louise Mensch has said Britain should break off diplomatic relations with Ecuador after the country agreed to grant political asylum to Julian Assange.

The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

"Expel Ecuadorean Ambassador, break off relations, enter former embassy, arrest fugitive, extradite. One of several ways #rape #Assange," she tweeted on Thursday after the asylum decision was made.

She added: "Assange is going to Sweden. We are going to extradite him there. That's it and that's all."

Relations between Ecuador and Britain soured on Thursday after the South American country accused London of threatening to storm its embassy in order to arrest Assange.

The Foreign Office told The Huffington Post UK they believed they had a duty to extradite Assange.

"We do believe we have an obligation to extradite him. Once we know will we respond to whatever decision they choose to come to," a spokesperson said before Ecuador's decision was made.

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