Rafael Correa, the President of Ecuador, has suggested the allegations in Sweden against Julian Assange would not be crimes in nearly every other country.
The left-wing South American premier told a Sunday newspaper the accusations against the WikiLeaks founder were "not a crime in Latin America" and had played no part in Quito's decision to grant Assange asylum.
In Sweden Assange is alleged to have had sex without a condom with one woman while she slept, after consensual sex earlier. His lawyers say that on waking she consented.
A lawyer for Assange told a court that a second woman claims to have tried "several times to reach for a condom" but Assange stopped her by holding her arms.
"The crimes that Assange is accused of, they would not be crimes in 90 to 95 percent of the planet," Mr Correa told the Sunday Times.
Asked how allegedly using force to begin intercourse could not be a crime, he reportedly answered:
"A woman he was staying with? Sleeping together in the same bed? Let's pass this on to the Swedish justice system. But, for example, not to use a condom in an act between a couple, this is not a crime in Latin America."
Mr Correa also blasted the British government for its "contradictions" in wanting to extradite Assange to Sweden, when it did not extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after his 1998 arrest in London on an international arrest warrant issued by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who is now heading Assange's legal team
Assange, having exhausted all his legal options in Britain to avoid extradition to Sweden, walked into the Ecuadorian embassy on June 19 and claimed asylum.
Assange claims that if he is extradited to Sweden he risks being sent to the US to be tried over 'Wikleaks'.