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Ecuador grants Assange asylum - reports

2012-08-16 14:30

Cape Town – Ecuador has defied Britain and has given Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asylum, says Sky News, citing sources.

On Wednesday Ecuador accused Britain of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Assange after the UK issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on the his asylum bid.

Assange, whose 2010 publishing online of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and military dispatches has angered US officials, says the charges against him are trumped up.

He stands accused of sexual assault by two of his former supporters in Sweden.

His supporters say they believe the US has secretly indicted him and would extradite him from Sweden.

Comments
  • Mzakes - 2012-08-16 15:06

    The real reason Ecuador is giving Mr.Assange asylum is just to stick it to the USA and it's buddies because of their foreign policies. Countries like Cuba, Venezuela would give anything just to stick it to the west like this. i Like!!

      dee.980 - 2012-08-16 15:21

      lol..... Me too :)) Although I think Ecuador is not part of the Cuba / Venezuela camp and am under the impression that they operate under quite 'close relationship' with US ... the country uses US$ as their currency, was full of Yanks when I was there - and have many open trade agreements in place with US. I think the Brits overstepped the mark 10 000% and have annoyed the Ecuadoreans mightily :))) Perhaps we should threatened to storm the 5 Star refuge that Dewani is holed up in??

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-16 15:06

    IN YO' FACE america, sweden, uk... IN-YO-FACE

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-08-16 15:11

      IN YO FACE!! haha good one ;)

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-08-16 15:09

    How much will a ticket & a carnival-holiday to Ecuador cost?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-16 15:11

    I suspect that this is exactly what the UK wanted to happen, it is inconceivable that the UK would not have expected this outcome after their transparently devious posturing. Looks like a neat outcome that saves everyones face, a bit like Ronald Biggs'30 odd year 'exile' in Argentina.

      phae.rayden - 2012-08-16 15:21

      Interesting perspective, do we ever know, who knows what, and who does what to whom? We can only guess at what's actually going on.

  • mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-08-16 15:14

    A very interesting situation. It seems that he knows that if he returns to Sweden they are in the USA's pocket so they will hand him over to the USA. The two girls who he got involved with in Sweden were probably a honey trap or alternatively were bribed after the event by the CIA to denounce him. When it comes to Ecuador, I must confess my ignorance about their own record in human rights but I suspect probably not great. It is therefore ironic that he lands up under their protection in possibly a very different type of state to what he is used to in Aussie. The Australian PM also denounced him because they are in the yanks' pockets as well.

      Mzakes - 2012-08-16 15:23

      Hence i am saying Ecuador is not doing this to be nice to Julian Assange, they have their own agenda witch is to show middle finger to the US and ally's

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-08-16 15:30

      Ya I am sure you are right it is to give them the finger. I wonder how he can actually get out of the Embassy to Ecuador in practice? Will the poms let him out and onto a plane?

      elewies - 2012-08-16 15:34

      You'll enjoy this video. Assange surprises the PM, Julia Gillard, with a question on Australia's Q&A. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1q9eqhT5UM

      Mzakes - 2012-08-16 15:44

      I doubt they will let him go apparently the metro police have been camping outside the embassy since the day he went in there.

  • veldt66 - 2012-08-16 15:14

    Perfect decision those colonialist live by arm twisting other countries.

      almeleh - 2012-08-16 15:40

      Colonialists? You sound like Mugabe.

      veldt66 - 2012-08-16 16:19

      I knew some won't like it because of former colonial elements in this country""""

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-16 15:29

    Awesome!!!! VIVA ASSANGE!!!

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-08-16 15:31

    Best news all day, now lets see how this drama unfolds e.g. how the hell are they going to get him out of the country? And how the hell do the Brits respond to save face? Are they going to storm the Bastille or keep the status-quo while continuing to rattle their sabers? Either way this story is far from over and the pommies must be fuming and smarting at the thought of proceeding with either option as it will be a publicity nightmare for them. Talk about a rock and a hard place. Good luck to the underdogs.

      dane.herbst.5 - 2012-08-16 15:40

      10 bucks says the US will invade Ecuador next hahaha, how else will they get him out?? my best bet is "new" evidence will suddenly appear and they will kick and scream to get him out, we all know how the US like to lie and make up stories to get their own way , hidden agenda's

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-08-16 15:36

    I am trying to keep score here, but am a bit uncertain of where my dividing line should be. Let me see, every country that is so HATEFULLY opposed to the US (Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador ... have I missed anyone?) has a dodgy human rights records, famous for their illicit drug trades, gansterism, political instability, civil wars ... and all the countries supposedly in the US's pocket has good human rights records (yes I realise most had to learn from past mistakes but the point is they learned), has a HUGE problem with the illegal drugs flowing into their countries from the aforementioned hero-countries, makes identifiable attempts at protecting their citizens against crime and violence, and is relatively politcally stable. Oh dear I left out the opposing applications of freedom of speech and freedom of the press ... so terribly sorry for my oversight. Hmmm ... now where would I rather be ... should I ever have to choose another home?

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-08-16 15:40

      Miquette, 1 word... Propaganda.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NMr2VrhmFI

      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-08-16 15:58

      Miquette I agree with you about the dodgy human rights records of most of the South American countries. However I think the issue here and indeed the subject of the article is about Julian Assange.The US are very angry because he exposed them as hypocrites. The US also have a habit of trying to bully smaller nations to suit their own agenda.Many of their activities such as the Mcarthy era where there was a communist under every bush don't stand up too well to human rights scrutiny.Some of the CIA activity has been very dodgy as well.

  • almeleh - 2012-08-16 15:38

    If your private correspondence was stolen and published world wide you'd be very pissed off. Execute him.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-16 15:47

      If the correspondence exposed crimes u are involved in what should happen to u? Be sent to North Korea to eat grass for a while ;), surely Obama and his right wing friends in London and Paris should be embarrassed that we know they are rotten to the core. Thanks Assange

      Mzakes - 2012-08-16 15:48

      please, if you cant keep your private stuff private than don't have private stuff!

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-16 15:53

      Almeleh you're a moron. My private stuff isnt hiding war crimes or any shady actions which impacts the lives of others. If it did it should be outed and I should be acountable for my dealings.

      veldt66 - 2012-08-16 16:22

      Almeleh you sound like a bloody agent!!!

  • DSBennie - 2012-08-16 15:45

    Well it is time that the UK remove the accreditation to the Ecuadorian Embassy and go in and take that idiot by force, he admits to not using a condom even though she asked him to use one and that is considered rape in Sweden, it is time this monster on the russian payroll learn he is not above the law

      Mzakes - 2012-08-16 15:56

      All fabricated story's, stinks of CIA

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-16 16:33

      But if it’s not fabricated??... Europe is not Africa... rape is a serious crime in the EU not a push to become president like its here. who are we to judge?

  • sapna.maraj - 2012-08-16 15:53

    Julian Assange did not rape Anna Ardin or Sofia Wilen. The evidence in the above case is too bunged up to even pass a judgement against him. This man has aired the US of A's dirty laundry and hence US congressmen are after his head. There were videos leaked of the US military gunning down unarmed civilians in Iraq...how much more does the US wish to hide?

  • mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-08-16 16:13

    I must admit this is a little bit off the point. What I really like about this story is that we are having a genuine debate without anyone resorting to racism and no neanderthal steriotypes coming out of the closset. Guilty as charged - way off the subject.

  • pj.egolie - 2012-08-16 16:21

    They should hang that rapist or stone him to dead

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