Updated: June 20, 2012 added more video reports plus an Action Alert.
Jun 19, 2012 by RTAmerica
On Tuesday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, UK. At a press conference today in Quito, the foreign minister said to the media that the government is evaluating the request and looking into the rules of international law. Back in 2010 the country offered the whistleblower citizenship, but why is Assange seeking to depart to Ecuador now? RT America’s Web Producer Andrew Blake helps us answer some of these pressing questions.
May 22, 2012 by RussiaToday
This week, Julian Assange talks to the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa. Correa is a left wing populist who has changed the face of Ecuador. But unlike his predecessors he holds a Ph.D. in economics. According to US embassy cables, Correa is the most popular President in Ecuador’s democratic history. But in 2010 he was taken hostage in an attempted coup d’etat. He blames the coup attempt on corrupt media and has launched a controversial counter-offensive. Correa says the media defines what reforms are possible. Assange tries to figure out is Ecuadorian president justified and what is his vision for Latin America.
Jun 20, 2012 by RussiaToday
Julian Assange is pleading for political asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London – after the UK Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for his extradition to Sweden to answer sex assault allegations. Assange has repeatedly claimed the case is politically-motivated and being driven by Washington.
Jun 20, 2012 by RussiaToday
Scotland Yard says the world’s top whistleblower is liable to arrest for breaching bail conditions. The warning comes after Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London – seeking political asylum in the Latin American state to avoid extradition to Sweden.
Jun 20, 2012 by democracynow
DemocracyNow.org – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London and asked for asylum. Assange made the move Tuesday in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime accusations. Earlier today, police in London announced Assange is now subject to arrest because his decision to spend the night at the Ecuadorean embassy violated the conditions of his bail. Assange is seeking asylum because he fears extradition to Sweden may lead to his transfer to the United States where he could potentially face charges relating to Wikileaks. “In my view, it is a situation of political persecution of Julian Assange for his political activities,” says Michael Ratner, a member of Assange’s legal team. “It fits in the asylum application procedure under the Declaration of Human Rights.” In an apparent reference to the United States, an Ecuadorean official said Assange fears being extradited “to a country where espionage and treason are punished with the death penalty.”
Urge President Correa to Grant Asylum to Julian Assange
Just Foreign Policy
June 20, 2012
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who fears being extradited to the U.S. to face charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in leaking U.S. diplomatic cables, has asked Ecuador for political asylum.
Please sign our petition to Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa urging him to grant Julian Assange’s request for political asylum.