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Post time 2012-6-20 07:50:37 |Display all floors
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange wrote directly to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, saying he was being persecuted and could not return to his homeland, where he would be vulnerable to extradition to "a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition."

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a big fan of WikiLeaks, is now reportedly studying Julian Assange’s request. Last month Correa told Assange in an interview that it is time to get rid of false stereotypes depicting wicked governments persecuting saint-like journalists and news outlets and welcomed him to the “club of the persecuted.
Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino confirmed Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum.

"Ecuador is studying and analyzing the request," Patino told reporters in Quito.
The UK Foreign Office said it was working with the Ecuadorian authorities to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
"As Mr. Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy, he is on diplomatic territory and beyond the reach of the British police,” the Foreign Office said as cited by Sky News.

The country's embassy in London has also confirmed the information and released a statement on its website.

"While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government.
The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden", the statement says.

The South American nation has already once offered Assange residency. In November 2010, Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas said his country is "open to giving him [Assange] residency in Ecuador". Lucas also said Ecuador was "very concerned" by information revealed by Wikileaks linking US diplomats with spying on friendly governments.

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has been under house arrest in the UK since 2010, after Sweden issued an international arrest warrant over allegations of sexual assault.
Swedish authorities want to question Assange over allegations of “unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct.” He is not charged with any crime, though two women have come forward claiming to have been “sexually molested” by Assange. He claims that both encounters were consensual, and maintains that the case is politically motivated.

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Post time 2012-6-20 07:52:22 |Display all floors

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.


A lot of media outside Ecuadorean embassy in London waiting for Assange (RT photo)


General view of the flag handing on the exterior of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on July 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Andrew Cowie)


Television camermen line up their camera's on the entrance of the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy in London on July 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Andrew Cowie)


Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patino (C), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marco Albuja (R) and Undersecretary for North America and Europe, Paul Villagomez attend a news conference regarding WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange in Quito June 19, 2012 (Reuters / Foreign Ministry of Ecuador / Handout)

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Post time 2012-6-20 08:02:45 |Display all floors
wisdom_pang Post time: 2012-6-20 07:58
Me thinks this is another Anglo conspiacy to get the Aussie balless twat off the Swedish rape charge ...

yes but if so why would he choose Ecuador?

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Post time 2012-6-20 20:16:48 |Display all floors
SMITHI Post time: 2012-6-20 08:02
yes but if so why would he choose Ecuador?

Because Assange and the Ecuadorian President are good friends is why.

From the Guardian in the UK:

Last month Assange interviewed the socialist Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa for his TV show The World Tomorrow, broadcast on the Russian state-sponsored channel Russia Today. The WikiLeaks founder described Correa as "a leftwing populist who has changed the face of Ecuador".

In April 2011, Ecuador expelled the US ambassador Heather Hodges following the publication of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks alleging widespread corruption within the Ecuadorean police.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/ ... eaks-asylum-ecuador

I wait with interest for future developments.

Per Ardua Ad Astra

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Post time 2012-6-20 20:29:59 |Display all floors
SMITHI Post time: 2012-6-20 08:02
yes but if so why would he choose Ecuador?

Strange, when he could have chosen Russia
Diane Abbot (British MP): Anglos love playing divide and rule
David Cameron (British PM): Anglos caused most of the world's problems!

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Post time 2012-6-21 02:13:57 |Display all floors
the only place a thug like assange can go is a anglo client state

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Post time 2012-6-21 11:42:52 |Display all floors
This post was edited by SMITHI at 2012-6-21 11:43
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Because Assange and the Ecuadorian President are good friends is why.

From the Guardian in the U ...


that was my understanding for reasoning behind it , yet many seem to think it is some deeper and more sinister story behind it.

hmmmmmmmmm

might as well be so ,  we can only guess.

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