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US payback for Assange 'unacceptable'

2012-08-29 12:00

Quito - It would be unacceptable for the United States to use economic means to pay Ecuador back for granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the country's president said on Tuesday.

"It should be unacceptable for us to be subjected to commercial reprisals for having granted asylum to a citizen," Rafael Correa told a meeting of industrialists in Quito.

Ecuador's national sovereignty "is not for sale", said the socialist leader, often at odds with Washington.

Accepting "pressure" from the United States would be "terrible: A symptom of neo-colonialism", he added.

Correa's statement was delivered amid fears in local economic circles that the US will not renew trade benefits under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) due to expire on 30 June 2013.

Earlier this month, Ecuador granted asylum to Assange, who has been holed up at the country's embassy in London since June. He took refuge there to escape extradition to Sweden, where he is sought for questioning about sex assault allegations.

He claims that if extradited to Sweden, he would be handed over to the United States, where he fears prosecution over WikiLeaks' release of a vast cache of confidential US government files.

Comments
  • kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-08-29 12:29

    The USA uses it's own type of terrorism, e.g. economic pressure!! Good for you Correa

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-29 13:04

    Well you can drag America through the mud , make massive accusations against them on hearsay and then cry about them not renewing your trade benefits? This brings up the big giveaways of his intent : 1. Sovereignty - hypocracy of him telling America what to do but not extending that right. 2. Neo-colonialism - invoking this is non evidencial theory is like saying "they gonna make me do it no matter what i want " and an abduction of personal and state responsibility . So while he sits there accusing America of trying to buy Ecudorean sovereignty , basically calling them racist bullies while wearing the cloak of persecution against what ? America hasn't charged Assange and neither applied for extradition from either the UK or Sweden . Its all because of gossip , presumption and nothing to do with whats on the plate itself which shows this is not a noble bid to preserve the 'life' of Assange but a political ploy to exploit the situation at the expense of the US and the levels of sentiment in the population before elections when he had been recieving bad press himself. for as country ranked 147 in economic freedom, 84th in press freedom and 146 in corruption perception is fairly rich. So say f u to the states and then put yourself in the position of persecution if they say f u back.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-29 13:58

      Agreed

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 14:03

      Yea I agree with you fully, F*UCK America

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 15:30

    Don't worry Mr Correa, the US is steadily losing its financial grip on the world economy. Very soon the US peso will be as useless as the paper it is printed on. In the mean time find other trading partners who will not patronise your country and your people.

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