The government of Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The decision comes two months after Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. Britain has vowed to move ahead with extradition of Assange.
Just before the announcement of asylum, President Rafael Correa rejected British efforts to secure a handover, saying on his Twitter account: “No one is going to terrorize us!” The night before, Mr. Patiño said that the British authorities had threatened to force their way into the embassy, to which he responded: “We are not a British colony.”
Ricardo Patiño: “Today we’ve received from the United Kingdom a clear and written threat that they could storm our embassy in London if Ecuador refuses to hand in Julian Assange. We want to make it absolutely clear that we are not a British colony, and that the times of colonialism are over.”
Britain had previously told Ecuador that giving Assange asylum would not change a thing and that it might still revoke the diplomatic status of Quito’s embassy in London to allow the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder.
I applaud Ecuador to standing up to two of the world’s most powerful countries, the United States and the United Kingdom, and says those countries will break international law under the U.N. Refugee Convention if they prevent Assange from accepting asylum in Ecuador.
I am curious to see if the United States and the United Kingdom follow any international law considering their track record thus far.
What I have learned from this is there is no truth or honor in journalism any more and this case just proves the point.
They want to use this case of brilliant journalism as an example to make sure you keep your pie hole shut or you will suffer the consequence.
- Ecuador gives asylum to WikiLeak’s Assange (english.ruvr.ru)
- Ecuador grants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum (guardian.co.uk)
- Ecuador grants political asylum to Julian Assange – Reuters (reuters.com)