Ecuador’s Decision on Julian Assange’s Request For Asylum: YES!

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Listened to the live report via Russia TV and just heard the news. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said, “Asylum is a fundamental right to all, held over local law.”

Aug 16, 2012 by

Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/q35u3q

Video: Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange

Full speech: Ecuador grants asylum to Assange – FULL SPEECH by FM Ricardo Patino

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English translation of transcript.

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Aug 16, 2012 by

Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador. The country’s Foreign Minister made the announcement, stressing the whistleblower’s fears of being politically prosecuted are justified.

RT had a chance to talk to one person who has more concern than most for Julian Assange’s fate – his mother, Christine.

Assange mother: Ecuador a shining light to world, other govt’s should follow

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Aug 16, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – As Ecuador prepared to announce its decision on granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Britain threatened to raid the Ecuadorean embassy in London where Assange has taken refuge for the past two months. Britain told Ecuador that giving Julian 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 to Sweden, to face questioning over alleged sexual misconduct. We’re joined by Michael Ratner, an attorney for Julian Assange and President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights; and by Ben Griffin, an activist with Veterans for Peace U.K., participating in a vigil in support of Assange outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London. “This is really about the U.S. being the ‘hidden hand’ behind what the British are doing so they can eventually get a hold of Julian Assange, try him for espionage and put him in a jail,” Ratner says. “That’s what’s going on here — lets not kid ourselves.”

Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum; U.S. Seen as “Hidden Hand” Behind

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Aug 16, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – Michael Ratner, a member of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s legal team, reacts to the breaking news that Ecuador has approved Assange’s request for political asylum two months after Assange took refuge in its London embassy. Britain says it still plans to extradite Assange to Sweden where he faces questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. “The British ought to just back off and the U.S. ought to just back off,” Ratner says. “For the British to say that they are going to go in to the embassy to get someone who has been granted asylum, would turn the refugee convention on asylum completely on its head. … [Assange] has the right to leave that embassy, get on the plane and go to Ecuador. That’s the law.”

“Back Off”: Assange Attorney Urges U.K., U.S. To Respect Asylum

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Aug 16, 2012 by

Britain’s Foreign Office says Julian Assange will be denied safe passage out of the country – even if he’s granted asylum by Ecuador – LIVE UPDATES http://on.rt.com/atyxgq

The statement comes after the UK sparked an international row with the Latin American country – by threatening to raid its embassy in London and arrest Assange by force – READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/mqy04a

Author and journalist Tariq Ali featured in one of the whistleblowers final interview shows here on RT, where they discussed activism. Something, that Tariq Ali says is being increasingly targeted.

‘UK threats help Assange cause, West hostile to whistleblowers’

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Aug 16, 2012 by

London police have made their first arrest of a protester near Ecuador Embassy.

Video of first arrest, scuffles at Ecuador embassy before Assange

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Aug 15, 2012 by

British authorities have “warned” Ecuador that they could raid its embassy and arrest Julian Assange if he is not handed over. The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister responded by saying such a move would be a “flagrant violation” of international law

UK threatens to ‘assault’ Ecuador Embassy to arrest Assange

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For LIVE coverage at the Ecuador Embassy in London, England:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupynewsnetwork

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occupynewsnetwork (same video)

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See also:

http://www.rt.com/news/ecuador-decides-assange-fate-813/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/16/julian-assange-ecuador-embassy-asylum-live

see

Sex, Lies and Julian Assange

When you f*ck around with God’s country, you pay a price! by William Blum

Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador + Julian Assange Show: Rafael Correa

The Julian Assange Show: Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali (E10)

Power, Illusion, and America’s Last Taboo by John Pilger

Something Rotten in the State of Sweden: 8 Big Problems with the “Case” Against Assange by Naomi Wolf

Evo Morales: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Diplomacy of Empire” + Bolivia’s thirst for change

12 thoughts on “Ecuador’s Decision on Julian Assange’s Request For Asylum: YES!

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  9. Bravo Equador! You don’t have to peel back the humanitarian veneer much to reveal the true grain of British fascism…there are no words to describe the contempt this establishment moron deserves. Shame on you “Right Honourable” secretary William Hague! We’ll see you in the Hague, make no mistake.

  10. Yes! indeed! Hope the bullies don’t interfere. Lo, you are Fast–i’ve been watching all this live, how did you get this put together so quickly–amazing! Btw, there was also (on RT USA) a brief but important interview with Ray McGovern (about one-half hour ago). Great work Lo, and faster than a speeding bullet!

    • Thanks, Roland. I put the post together with the last 3 videos talking about this issue and waited for the news of the decision. I’ve updated the post since with an interview with his mother, the actual decision (1st video), and just now added Democracy Now!’s coverage. I listened to the decision via RT with an English translator so all I had to do was type “YES” in the title and hit “publish”.

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