The elected dictator of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is using Julian Assange as a political pawn. Correa is of course a close ally of Chávez, Castro, and Ahmadinejad. In fact, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran are more than political allies; they are de facto military allies. Argentina under Kirchner is also a member, by virtue of being bought by Chávez’s Venezuela. She serves the role now of fishing for war with the UK, a proxy for the US in the view of this axis. This is the team that Julian Assange has chosen to honor by applying for political asylum, to avoid questioning over rape accusations.
Now that OAS appears ready to discuss the issue, I think it is only fair to point out one thing that the international press seems to have overlooked: Sweden has a ban on ministerial rule. This means that no minister in Sweden can express an opinion about the case, much less control what the administration does in it. The politicians are completely separate from the administration. Let me make myself clear: Not only is the minister of justice forbidden from telling the justices or prosecutor what to do; every minister is expressly forbidden from even saying what he thinks a public servant should do. Therefore it is impossible for the Swedish government to issue any kind of guarantee. The law runs its own course in Sweden (which is why it is considered the leading country in the world when it comes to rule of law).
Also, the prosecutor cannot spend extra resources on going oversees to interview a suspect, and the government cannot provide extra money to make such a unique trip possible. All laws have to be of a general nature, and all decisions of the government have to be of a general nature. Exceptions like the one Assange and his lawyer asks for are simply not legally possible in Sweden. The fact that it cannot enter into the thick heads of guys like Correa and Chávez just goes to show how corrupt they are in their mindsets.