Ecuador slams 'vulgar' British threats

2012-08-18 22:32

Quito - Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on Saturday slammed what he called Britain's "vulgar threats" to remove WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the London embassy where he has been granted asylum.

"Never, as long as I am president, will Ecuador accept threats like these, which are absolutely vulgar, inconsiderate and intolerable," Correa said in a weekly statement.

"We will not give up our sovereignty. We respect everyone, and we are always seeking dialogue, but the final decision is ours."

On Wednesday, Ecuador said it had been informed in writing that Britain was willing to seize Assange from the embassy in order to extradite him to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about sexual assault allegations.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday that his government was obliged under its own laws to extradite the Australian national to Sweden.

"No one, least of all the government of Ecuador, should be in any doubt that we are determined to carry out our legal obligation," Hague told reporters.

Assange to make statement

Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States, which views WikiLeaks as a threat to its national security following the leak of a trove of secret front-line military reports and confidential embassy cables.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London on 19 June after exhausting all legal appeals against the extradition.

Ecuador has granted Assange's request for asylum, but with British police posted outside the embassy it is unclear whether he will be able to leave the building.

Assange plans to make a public statement on the case on Sunday, according to a spokesperson, who declined to provide any further details.

The Organisation of American States has meanwhile called a meeting of foreign ministers for 24 August to discuss the Assange case and the widening diplomatic row between Quito and London.

  • jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-08-18 23:01

    Britain causing an international scene so that an Aussie can be questioned in Sweden over some sex scandle. They really want this guy. Wikileaks making the 1% uncomfortable while the 99 sit in darkness.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-18 23:54

      He has not been charged with a crime in Sweden, but is only wanted for questioning in connection with charges stemming from his having had consensual sex with two women without using a condom. This is hardly the sought of inquiry that would warrant spending millions of pounds to extradite him to Sweden. If the Swedish Govt gave an assurance that after questioning they will allow Assange to leave Sweden, he would no doubt go there voluntarily to answer questions. Why dont the Swedish Govt send the investigators to the UK to question Assange, I am sure he will answer the questions. Substantial legal fees could have been saved by both these options. Its clear that the Swedish Govt are going to act as the US Govt proxies in what has become a quasi facist state with no adherence to the rule of law.

      margaret.brand.12 - 2012-08-19 02:50

      Britain is working with the USA on this one. They seem to eager to get Assange to Sweden. With no charges against the man and what has been done sounds very fishy to me.

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-08-19 06:41

      If Assange is innocent of any alleged wrongdoing, why is he so desperate to to evade being 'questioned' by Sweden. His actions in seeking asylum seem extremely self incriminating of some serious crime. If he has committed a crime against humanity, he must face the letter of the law like any other criminal.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-19 11:32

      @ Thomas, read above.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-19 11:39

      Extradite Dewani please, He is wanted for Murder. Not for questioning over use of condoms.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-19 02:16

    And since you are at it to seize embassies to extradite criminals, please remember to send Shrien Dewani to our sores. His co-accused are in jail and appearing without the mastermind who you (Britain) protect.

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-19 09:28

      THAT @William.letsong.6 is a KEY point you are making - Anni's parents need closure on this matter, and the Dewan's are just stalling on a debatable point of law

  • jaba.kov - 2012-08-19 07:16

    Ecuador has one of the worst human rights in S.America Vrs Sweden's high morale values - while I don't agree with the UK, it is questionable why a man supported be so many tree huggers wants to go to a place where people are treated like numbers... a mini China if you like. You people blindly support this man - but most of you are nothing but hypocrites... do some research... you "freedom" to search the Internet will open your eyes if you weren't so blind.

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-08-19 09:07

      "Sweden's high morale values"? The same Sweden who welcome representatives of a political party with a slogan "kill the Boer"? Upon examination you will find Sweden's "morality" akin to that of Stalin's. That country collaborated with Hitler and finance skunks like Castro, Machel and the ANC's death camps.

  • Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-19 08:14

    @Kevin.watson@Jaba.Kov@William.Letsong. You guys are truly on point..We want Dewani for Murder, Britain are not extraditing him..Assange is wanted for questioning for not using a condom..the British are willing to cause an International Crisis...This Double Standard is what makes the West an enemy to the Third World Countries and to countries like Russia, China, etc. This is an example of the British doing as they like and not the right thing..

  • KB - 2012-08-19 08:19

    the US most certainly feels uncomfortable with him free.These warmongers want him locked up and silenced.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-08-19 09:02

    Meanwhile Dewani is sitting high and dry. So they'll rather makes a huge fuss about a clearly framed individual than a murderer...

  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-08-19 14:04

    the entire collective west pratice double standards as if it was the norm! If the roles were reversed , the british would be accusing the ecuadorians of not adhering to - or being ignorant of international diplomacy! Even if the asylum seeker was a notorious drug cartel member or a murderer, they would have to respect diplomatic passage granted by any country's embassy being hosted. How many people/spies used this method to exit the USSR via the american or british embassies during the coldwar? They ,the west, seems to thinks that they are above all and can change the rules of the game to suit them as and when they please!

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-08-19 14:16

      El-presidente stand your ground and tell them to take a hike!

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