Skip to comments.Assange: How a cosy chat with the president of Ecuador turned into a diplomatic headache for Britain
Posted on 08/19/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
One was an Australian computer hacker; the other a head of state. They did not speak each others language; and their first encounter was a videolink conversation across 6,000miles.
....Welcome to the club of the persecuted! a beaming Mr Correa[President of Ecuador]told the grinning Australian. ...on Mr Assanges Russian television chat show in May, the Ecuadorean discussed at great length his resentment of Americanimperialism, and his vehement dislike of big business, media barons and elites.
..........Mr Assange nodded knowingly....... The two men laughed and joked as they congratulated each other on their pariah status.
......On Thursday, Mr Correas government announced a decision to grant Mr Assange diplomatic asylum. The WikiLeaks founder, who is wanted in Sweden as part of an investigation into sexual assault, had fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London on June19 claiming that extradition to Sweden would...lead to extradition to the United States,.....
Kintto Lucas, the former deputy foreign minister..first contacted Mr Assange in December 2010 to show his countrys support and offer residency.
...authorities in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, had been weighing up how to deal with their London lodger.
Should they risk infuriating Britain which under international law is compelled to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden and kick open a diplomatic hornets nest? Or should they seize the opportunity to rile arrogant Britain, and, by association, their nemesis, the US?....
....In Sweden...the foreign minister, described his Ecuadorean counterparts speech as very politically twisted, very strange.....
....No one is going to terrorise us! proclaimed President Correa on Twitter.
Unsurprisingly, the Left-wing leader received vociferous backing from his ideological allies Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia all being ruled by like-minded leaders.....
...This is a reminder for us about the Malvinas [Falklands]....In both cases the British political leadership thinks it can walk all over us.......
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Re Julian Assange:
“Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, who in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph in January detailed the hounding of journalists in Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador, said it was like Robin Hood seeking shelter in the castle of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
I can’t think of any case over the past thirty years where a guy wanted asylum...because of sexual assault charges. Adding to the mess....it’s not a country like Russia or China or North Korea....instead, it’s Sweden. The charges, if convicted...amounts to around two to three years in a Swedish prison....which might not be such a terrible place. I personally think he’ll go nuts if he has stay in this contained embassy situation for more than a year.
He’s a narcissist willing to assist and to be used by Leftists to blow this into an international incident against capitalism.
The “embassy” is actually a two-bedroom apartment in Kensington. This isn’t the mansion he used to stay in.
Julian Assange facing arrest as he makes statement two months after entering Ecuadorian embssy
>>>WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be arrested today if he steps outside the Ecuadorian embassy to deliver a highly anticipated statetment. <<<
LINK to hear his live statement:
.......”On Sunday a heavy police presence could be seen on the streets of Knightsbridge as dozens of officers, aided by helicopters overhead, sought to maintain calm.
A huge scrum of press had also gathered outside the embassy, behind Harrods, as the world’s media waited for the Australian in the blazing sun.
Dozens of reporters, photographers and television crews were barricaded in metal pens directly opposite the building.
A small number of supporters had gathered alongside while scores of tourists and onlookers stopped to take pictures of the extraordinary scenes.
“It reminds me of Evita about to address the people,” one onlooker remarked.”......
"He called on US President Barack Obama to "do the right thing" and for his government to "renounce its witch hunt against Wikileaks".
If it’s being described as like an address by Evita Peron, then it implies that he will be speaking from the balcony of the apartment, which would still be considered Ecuadorian soil for legal purposes.
The only thing about Julia that surprises me is that it’s adult women making accusations of abuse rather than the parents of various 6 year old boys.
Marxism is alive and well in South America.
Even the left leaning CBC (Canada) had it that one did not dare say, or do very much in Ecuador. This in offending the high mucky mucks in that government. I know that the two London Daily Telegraph reporters who were initially enamoured of Assange, finally got more than fed up with the man.
What a mess this man has caused. He will do this to his dying day methinks.
Slandered the London Daily Telegraph. The two intrepid reporters who defended Assange were Leigh and Harding of the GUARDIAN newspaper.