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Ecuador to Washington and Britain: Go to Hell

Ecuador grants Julian Assange political asylum.

by Stephen Lendman

For around two months, Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after requesting political asylum. 

Sweden wants him extradited on spurious charges. They include unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and rape.

Allegedly it's for having nonconsensual condomless sex. A honey trap snared him.

Sex charges are bogus. Sweden represents Washington's interests. Obama officials wants him extradited to stand trial for whistleblowing. They want him put away and silenced. Sweden's playing willing co-conspirator. So is Britain.

On August 16, word came. Asylum was granted short of freedom to leave Britain unarrested. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said "Ecuador decided to grant political asylum to Julian Assange following the request sent to the President."

He faces likely extradition to a third country without proper guarantees. If tried in America, it won't be fair. Patino called Ecuador's decision "protected by international law."

Shortly before Patino's announcement, President Raphael Correa twittered "No one is going to terrorize us." He signaled his likely decision.

Earlier, Patino released details of a letter from Britain's Quito embassy, saying:

"You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy."

"We need to reiterate that we consider the continued use of the diplomatic premises in this way incompatible with the Vienna convention and unsustainable and we have made clear the serious implications that this has for our diplomatic relations."

In response, Patino expressed shock and outrage, saying:

"Ecuador, as a state that respects rights and justice and is a democratic and peaceful nation state, rejects in the strongest possible terms the explicit threat of the British official communication."

"This is unbecoming of a democratic, civilised and law-abiding state. If this conduct persists, Ecuador will take appropriate responses in accordance with international law."

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Thanks for taking time to write this article. &n... by Mohammad Ala on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:25:50 PM
The lesson of NUREMBERG is not "I was only followi... by Virginia Simson on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:28:26 PM
Bravo for Ecuador! Lendman gives a great analysis ... by M.I. Lee on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:28:30 PM
This mouth foaming snarling pursuit of Mr. Assange... by Leland E.Wheeler on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:41:44 PM
The insufferable root of the persecution of JOUR... by Virginia Simson on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:29:08 PM
less for that they are evil but that they are inco... by Leland E.Wheeler on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:45:24 PM
Good for Ecuador, Julian Assange is just one hero ... by Needfulthings on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:44:32 PM
Equador will live to regret this "Go to Hell". Emp... by syed mahdi on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 3:52:42 PM
Is it possible for Ecuador to grant him ... by Marika on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 4:06:20 PM
The story almost comical--almost.  Assange is... by Marilyn Frith on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 6:48:25 PM
Ecuador should make Assange  a citizen, then ... by frankaval on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 7:25:06 PM
excellent!!!... by Robert Brown on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 9:13:33 PM
Australia, what's going on with you guys? He's one... by Kathleen O'Grady on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:41:12 PM
Given that Australia, just like Canada, is part of... by Jacki Knight on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:47:50 PM
Actually, there are no charges against Julian Assa... by Paul Craig Roberts on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 7:14:09 AM
Thank heavens peaceful, democratic Ecuador has the... by Walter J Smith on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 9:40:43 AM
This whole thing has been rigged from the start: A... by sig arnesen on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 8:09:34 PM
Suppose Julian Assange is extradited to Swed... by Israr Hasan on Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:45:57 PM
Suppose Julian Assange is extradited to Swed... by Israr Hasan on Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 7:32:32 AM