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Ecuador paints EU countries as US stooges
EU Observer ^ | 17.08.12 @ 09:26 | Andrew Rettman

Posted on 08/19/2012 1:18:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange saying the UK and Sweden plan to hand him over to the US for "persecution."

Its foreign ministry in a statement on its website on Thursday (16 August) said it granted his request on grounds that if the UK extradites him to Sweden, then Sweden will hand him over to the US, where he risks "persecution … [and] cruel and degrading treatment" in a military trial which could end in life in jail or the death penalty.

Despite its own track record of silencing government-critical journalists, it added that Assange, who helped leak thousands of classified US diplomatic cables, is "an award-winning communications professional renowned internationally for his struggle for freedom of expression, press freedom and human rights." …

For its part, the EU is trying to steer clear of the affair.

"This is essentially a bilateral issue between the UK and Ecuador … [but] the EU delegation in Quito is following this case closely, in contact with the UK embassy," a spokesman for EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton told AFP. …

(Excerpt) Read more at euobserver.com ...


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1 posted on 08/19/2012 1:18:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

ecuador is under the thumb of chavez. Their president is a fraud.


2 posted on 08/19/2012 1:22:27 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Olog-hai

It’s weird how many people from Ecuador risk their lives each year escaping from that sewer to come to the U.S. Very weird.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 1:24:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: mamelukesabre

I don’t think this is going to go very far. The little weasel Correa is in increasing trouble in his own country as resistence grows to his corrupt and dictatorial left-wing government.

As for the EU, Assange was spying on these countries, too, so I don’t think they’re very fond of him.


4 posted on 08/19/2012 1:36:11 PM PDT by livius
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To: Olog-hai

Anyone who pi$$es off the ruling elites like Assange is a hero.


5 posted on 08/19/2012 1:42:04 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: mamelukesabre

“ecuador is under the thumb of chavez. Their president is a fraud.”

And ours isn’t? Peas in a pod, Obama and Chavez and the president of Ecuador. And he is right, the UK and Sweden are doing this at the behest of the US. I’m actually shocked at how far the UK seems willing to go, if they really do storm the Ecuadorian embassy to get Assange it basically means that no embassy will be safe in the future, especially US and UK embassies. Just remember back to the Iranian embassy take over during the Carter years and imagine that in a dozen places. Not good.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 1:44:31 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Bon mots
Anyone who pi$$es off the ruling elites like Assange is a hero.

Would you have said the same about Lenin in 1917?

7 posted on 08/19/2012 1:46:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

8 posted on 08/19/2012 1:46:59 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri says: Romney never met a homosexual he didn't like.)
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To: Bon mots

So people like Che and Lenin are also heroes?


9 posted on 08/19/2012 2:11:25 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mamelukesabre

That’s what we get for neglecting the Monroe Doctrine and allowing Red China to influence the politics down there.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 2:18:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: trapped_in_LA

So all embassies must be inviolable no matter who they harbor?


11 posted on 08/19/2012 2:21:57 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
SOOoooo .. if I take the deal, I go to Gitmo and I get two cats.. no young girls? hmmmm.. or I can go to Ecuador?

Julian Assange has been talking with his legal adviser Baltasar Garzon inside the Ecuadorean embassy

12 posted on 08/19/2012 2:59:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Sooo.. uhhhh This Assponge guy, you think I should have him uhhhhh arrested and brought to trial
for uhhh espionage and revealing sensitive gubamint uuhhhh operations and communications ...
Uhhhhh,, I can do that.. know where I can get a beer?

Tanks!


13 posted on 08/19/2012 3:07:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Olog-hai

He is enraging them by illuminating what they do not want us to see. He is not a politician, but just a guy with a website that exposes the truth.

Obama’s leaks have done more to damage the USA.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: mamelukesabre

A very good point. Ecuador is just another of Hugo Chavez’ puppet states. Others include Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina. What Chavez is doing is trying to make up for South America’s lack of importance in world affairs, a kind of “look at me! look at me!” schtick, which is why he’s getting cozy with Mahmoud Dinner-jacket. We should take comfort in the fact that without Hugo, the rest of these morons are like headless turkeys. Just look at how their “Support us on the Falklands and invite Cuba next time” platform at the latest summit collapsed when Chavez had to be air-lifted to a hospital. Correa, Morales, Ortega and Kirchner are laughable, and Asshat Assange is going nowhere. He’ll have to leave eventually and then its a short stop in Sweden before arriving in a US prison. Don’t worry, Julian. We’ll take good care of you...


15 posted on 08/19/2012 3:43:35 PM PDT by Radiarm
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To: Bon mots

Both Obama and Assange should share a cell for their leaking.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 3:43:57 PM PDT by Radiarm
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To: Olog-hai

YES! That has been in treaties since after WWI and if it was not why do you think that armed marines are at all of our embassies? That is considered sovereign ground of the country that owns the embassy, it’s literally part of their country and invading an embassy like that would be considered an act of war.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 3:56:12 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: trapped_in_LA

In 1989 or 1990 during the operation to oust Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a US infantry unit in Panama City broke ino the Nicaraguan Embassy, believing there were Sandanistan weapons in there. There was hell raised and Ortega declared a bunch of US diplomats, some friends of mine, personae non grata and expelled them in retaliation. It’s a serious infraction of international law.


18 posted on 08/19/2012 4:25:05 PM PDT by Ax
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To: trapped_in_LA; Olog-hai

Britain brought in a law in the 1980s giving the government the power to revoke the sovereignty of embassies if they were being misused for illegal purposes. They brought this in after the Libyan embassy was used to fire at crowds of anti-Gaddafi protesters and killed Yvonne Fletcher, a policewoman on duty that day. Prior to this law being passed, Britain was basically forced to watch the murderers escape justice due to diplomatic immunity and literally watch them walk away, board a plane and fly away scot free...


19 posted on 08/19/2012 4:40:05 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: trapped_in_LA

It hasn’t served any good purpose, has it? All it’s done is shielded tyrants. And led to more wars. Time to scrap it.

And frankly, the actions of the Ecuadorian embassy are an act of war.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 4:42:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Ax

International law? That’s a joke. Just another means of shielding dictators and tyrants.


21 posted on 08/19/2012 4:43:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

It’s real, and world-wide. My last post was Havana. The Marine Security Guards were responsible for the inner perimeter and the Cuban police were responsible for the outer perimeter. They were more concerned with Cubans trying to breach the gates to defect or claim political asylum than they were with our safety.


22 posted on 08/19/2012 5:03:34 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

That seems to confirm it as a means of shielding dictators and tyrants.


23 posted on 08/19/2012 6:40:48 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

True, but it also shields bona fide diplomats and staff. I was at the embassy in Teheran a few years before the roaches got in. I thought the place was impregnable, but when the outer perimeter guards are in cahoots with the attackers, the walls will fall. In the early 80s, the SAS stormed the Iranian (naturally) embassy in London to rescue hostages. I’ll give them a pass on that one.


24 posted on 08/19/2012 7:30:00 PM PDT by Ax
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