Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa at the XLIII Mercosur presidential summit in Mendoza, Argentina on June 29, 2012. / GettyImages
(CBS/AP) QUITO, Ecuador - President Rafael Correa of Ecuador said Tuesday the rumors that his country had already decided to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are false.
Earlier, rumors circulated based on a newspaper report that the country had made the decision to take him in as he battles extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a rape case. Mr. Correa said he is still debating the issue.
In a tweet in Spanish, Mr. Correa said: "Rumor of asylum to Assange is false. There is still no decision on the matter" and that he was awaiting a report on the matter from his foreign ministry.
Correa told state TV earlier that it was necessary to examine a great deal of material about international law in order to make a responsible, informed decision. He said he expected to have the latest reports in hand by Wednesday.
Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London on June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden.
Ecuadorian officials are concerned Assange could run the risk of being extradited to the United States and possibly face the death sentence there. Assange's supporters believe he has been secretly indicted there.