Ecuador's deputy foreign minister, Kintto Lukas, says that if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange needs a home, his nation would be happy to provide one.
Assange, an Australian, has angered and embarrassed Washington with the release by his online whistle-blowing organisation of hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as U.S.diplomatic cables.
He faces an international arrest warrant over the alleged sexual assault of two Swedish women -- claims which he denies and calls a part of a smear campaign.
On November 30, the Australian attorney general said Australia was studying whether he had broken any laws there.
Ecuador's leftist government has often been at odds with Washington.
compiled from agency reports