WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: Responsible for some of the most

explosive releases of confidential U.S. government data in history, the

Australian national has taken refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in London

and is seeking political asylum, after Britain’s High Court cleared the

way for his extradition to Sweden on charges that he sexually abused

two women. Assange says the charges are 'politically motivated.' Once

in Sweden, Mr. Assange fears he will likely be extradited to the U.S.



Julian Assange Grateful to Ecuador for Taking Up His Asylum Request (El Universo, Ecuador)


“Death threats, economic boycott and the possibility of being handed over to the authorities of the United States by British, Swedish or Australian authorities have led me to seek asylum on Ecuadorean territory and protection to allow me to continue with my mission.”


-- WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange


Translated By Marisol Plata Fortiz


June 20, 2012


Ecuador - El Universo – Original Article (Spanish)

A demonstrator outside the Ecuador Embassy in London, June 20.


SYDNEY MORNING HERALD VIDEO: Julian Assange rightfully 'felt abandoned' by his government, June 20, 00:01:01.RealVideo

QUITO: Julian Assange, founder of the organization WikiLeaks, which revealed thousands of U.S. State Department diplomatic cables, took refuge yesterday at the Ecuador Embassy in London, while awaiting the government’s response to his political asylum request.


Also yesterday, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño called the media to a press conference in which no questions were allowed to report on Assange’s asylum request, which was made in a letter to President Rafael Correa. [see video in photo box].


"The Government of Ecuador is evaluating the request of Julian Assange, whatever decision it takes regarding him will take into account the norms and principles of international law, just as Ecuador's traditional policies are sensitive to human rights," Chancellor Patiño said.


The 41-year-old Assange, an Australian journalist and "ex-hacker" who has been residing in London and is wanted by Swedish authorities for "sexual offenses," managed to breach U.S. State Department security systems with his organization WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks then disseminated diplomatic cables of the various U.S. diplomatic missions around the world, amongst which were cables from the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador, which led to the expulsion of U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges.


On April 6 2011, Correa's government declared Hodges “persona non grata” after a cable was published in Spain newspaper El País, alleging corruption among police in Ecuador led at the time by Commander Jaime Hurtado, and with the full knowledge of President Correa.


A day later, in response to Ecuador’s decision, the U.S. government expelled Ambassador Luis Gallegos from its territory


Diplomatic relations with Washington were restored last May - fourteen months later, when the U.S. Congress confirmed the appointment of Adam Namm as ambassador to Quito, who on Monday presented his credentials at Carondelet [Ecuador’s presidential palace and seat of government.]



On June 14, the Supreme Court, Britain’s highest judicial body, rejected Assange’s request to reopen his case in order to prevent his extradition to Sweden.

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Patiño read Assange’s letter in which he attributed his asylum request to the “regrettable factual statement of abandonment” by Australian authorities for failing to “defend even my minimum guarantees before any government and delegate them ... to a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and treason ... ".


[Editor’s Note: In what may be the reason Assange decided he had to flee the developed world, one of his attorneys, Jennifer Robinson, received a letter from the Australia government that she characterized as "a declaration of abandonment.” In the letter, Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon wrote in part: "Australia would not expect to be a party to any extradition discussions that may take place between the United States and the United Kingdom or the United States and Sweden, as extradition is a matter of bilateral law enforcement cooperation ... should Mr. Assange be convicted of any offence in the United States and a sentence of imprisonment imposed, he may apply for an international prisoner transfer to Australia].


Patiño admitted that this is a "delicate" issue and announced that the government will carefully analyze, evaluate and review the application before taking a decision.


On April 17 Assange interviewed Correa, which was posted by Russia Today on May 23 [watch above]. There, the WikiLeaks founder talks of his distress that the interview was being conducted from “England, where I have been under house arrest for 500 days” without being charged.



SMH, Australia: VIDEO: Assange Felt Rightfully 'Abandoned' by His Government

BBC, U.K.: Ecuador Ruling on WikiLeaks' Assange Due 'on Thursday'

SMH, Australia: Assange Threataned with Arrest

SMH, Australia: Australia Letter 'Spurs' Assange Flee

Guardian, U.K.: Assange Asylum Move is 'a Tragedy' for His Accusers: Lawyer

Guardian, U.K.: Julian Assange Requests Asylum at Ecuador Embassy - Live Coverage

Le Monde, France: Le Monde Names Julian Assange Man of the Year

Vremya, Russia: Good Riddance to the 'Zeroes': When the Nineties Turned Ugly

Die Zeit, Germany: If Only WikiLeaks Existed Before the Iraq War Began

Folha, Brazil: Testimony of Sex Charges Against Assange Don't Belong in Public

Guardian, U.K.: Ten Days in Sweden - The Full Allegations Against Assange

Libération, France: WikiLeaks: A War, But What Kind of War?

Le Monde, France: Le Monde Names Julian Assange Man of the Year

El Mundo, Spain: Julian Assange: The 21st Century 'Mick Jagger' of Data

Novaya Gazeta, Russia: An 'Assange' on Both Your Houses!

El País, Spain: Cables: Brazil Warned Chavez 'Not to Play' with U.S. 'Fire'

El Heraldo, Honduras: The Panic of 'America's Buffoon' Hugo Chavez

Jornal de Notícias, Portugal: If West Persecutes Assange, it Will What it Deserves

Correio da Manhã, Portugal: WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States

Romania Libera: WikiLeaks Undermines Radical Left; Confirms American Competence

Le Figaro, France: And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America

News, Switzerland: Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

Libération, France: Who Rules? Hackers, the Press and Our Leaders - in that Order

Tal Cual, Venezuela: If Only WikiLeaks Would Expose President Chavez

Berliner Zeitung, Germany: Assault on Assange Betrays U.S. Founding Principles

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks Revelations a Devastating Shock to Mexico

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: WikiLeaks Makes 'Mockery' of 'U.S. Colossus'

Jornal de Negócios, Portugal: More than We Wanted to Know. Or Maybe Not!

DNA, France: The WikiLeaks Disclosures: A Journalist's Ambivalence

Global Times, China: WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'

FAZ, Germany: Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'

Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?

Guardian, U.K.: Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists

El País, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El País, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran

Hurriyet, Turkey: Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables

Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia: WikiLeaks Reveals 'Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings

Frontier Post, Pakistan: WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

Toronto Star, Canada: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals Seamy Side of Diplomacy

Guardian, U.K.: WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points

Guardian, U.K.: Leaked Cables Reveal China is 'Ready to Abandon' North Korea

Hurriyet, Turkey: American Cables Prove Turkish Claims on Missile Defense False

The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media Is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment


The video conference took about 26 minutes. In it, the Australian posed more than ten questions to Correa, who spoke of the expulsion of Hodges, the police revolt of September 30, 2010, the innocence of General Hurtado, what is behind the “real power” of the media, alleged U.S. meddling in the affairs of Latin American governments and the leadership of President Barack Obama.


The interview ended with Correa expressing solidarity with Assange due to his legal status. "It’s been a pleasure to meet you Julian, at least in this way, and cheer up … welcome to the club of the persecuted, "he said.


In the letter read by Patiño, Assange adds that, "Death threats, economic boycott and the possibility of being handed over to the authorities of the United States by British, Swedish or Australian authorities have led me to seek asylum on Ecuadorean territory and protection to allow me to continue with my mission."


On November 2010, Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas offered Assange residence without condition to encourage him to reveal all of the U.S. State Department cables.


However, Lucas Correa disavowed. "We are never going to support breaking the law, although I think the U.S. made a big mistake," he said.


But President Correa disavowed the offer.


"We are never going to support breaking the law, although I think the United States made a big mistake," he said.






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