Ecuador stands tall against British illegality over Assange

Watch the Ecuadorian Embassy here on the Guardian website:

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, angering Britain, which insisted it would extradite him to Sweden for questioning in a sexual assault case.
Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino justified the move by saying that Sweden might one day send Assange to the United States, where his supporters fear he could face capital charges for publishing a trove of classified files.
“The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition of protecting those who seek refuge with us at our diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr Assange,” Patino told a news conference.
The decision escalated a crisis that began on June 19, when the 41-year-old Australian took refuge at the Ecuadoran embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual misconduct.
Assange supporters outside the mission cheered the news, and the WikiLeaks founder thanked Ecuador for its “courageous” decision.
“While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun. The unprecedented US investigation against WikiLeaks must be stopped,” he said.
Britain insisted it would carry out its “obligation” to extradite Assange regardless of Ecuador’s decision, and Sweden summoned the Ecuadoran ambassador to explain Patino’s charge that Assange might not be treated fairly.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Quito that the “harboring of alleged criminals, or frustrating the due legal process in a country, is not a permitted function.”

TAPWilliam Hague doesn’t seem to know the law.  Or rather is choosing to ignore it.  Remember the Libyan Embassy when all were allowed to depart, despite the shooting coming from the window, and the death of Yvonne Fletcher (although she was killed by a bullet coming from a different direction).  Has diplomatic asylum and immunity been cancelled?

In London, police beefed up their presence outside the embassy, near the famed Harrods department store, with around 30 officers and nine vans stationed around the building.
Washington meanwhile denied it was lobbying Britain to take Assange into custody.
“With regard to the charge that the US was intent on persecuting him, I reject that completely,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
“It is an issue among the countries involved and we are not planning to interject ourselves.”
The Organization of American States, which met in emergency session, said it would decide Friday whether to call a meeting of its foreign ministers. Britain has observer status in the OAS.
British representative Philip Barton said London was “committed to finding a mutually acceptable solution to this problem.”
Ecuador has called a meeting of foreign ministers from the South American regional bloc UNASUR on Sunday.
“Nobody is going to scare us,” Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said on his Twitter account, minutes before the decision was announced.
Patino said his government reached its decision after Britain, Sweden and the United States refused to provide guarantees that Assange would not be extradited to the US.
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12 Responses to “Ecuador stands tall against British illegality over Assange”

  1. Anonymous says:

    False idol much!

  2. Anonymous says:

    No sympathy for a suspected criminal

  3. Sackerson says:

    “Britain says it won’t allow Assange safe passage out of the country.” –

    We’ve got to the stage where power trumps law.

    And I see the (paid?) trolls are at work today… Reveal yourselves, you cowards.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow talk about not taking any responsibility for your actions. Suspected of Rape and sexual assault, and wanted by the US for leaking sensitive information. What a role model for all the conspiracy fans out there!

  5. Tapestry says:

    Fabricated rape charges by agent provocateur. She consented. The only doubt about assange is whether he’s a double agent – revealing what they want revealed. His lawyer is a Rothschild lawyer.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “She consented” were you there? How do you know that?

    Anon at 7.02 is right you’re all buying in to a false idol.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Abu Hanza wanted in the USA for terrorism. But we deport him because of his human rights????!
    Qatar wanted on charges of terrorism in Jodan, he’s supposed to be getting deported. But still here
    And I understand we are taking into this country about 400 known European criminal every year. Boarder Agency report about 6 months ago.
    And, again a Border Agency report, there are over 100,000 criminals awaiting deportation for one reason or another that just don’t seem to be going???
    How much is Assange costing British tax payers by surrounding the Embassy for months. He may by now not even be there???
    Human Right protestors jailed on Bahrain and Saudi Arabia whilst Hague shakes hands with the dictators and gets them to arm Syrian rebels and Al-Queda to kill civilians!!!!!!’n

  8. horehound says:

    I don’t agree with the whole European arrest warrant system but the British government ie politicians, cannot excuse him because he is a well known/has a lot of support.By getting lost in conspiracy the real issue of the arrest warrants is becoming lost, which is just what the political party’s want.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Tap have you clicked on Tim Ullaini?

    There’s a string of numbers on his About section.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank You! It’s been an eye opener!

    I’d like to thank all of the contributors of the tap for a very memorable week.

    We’ve gone from theories of chemtrails, olympic satanic rituals, fear spreading false terror attacks, discrediting bloggers (just like in the movies), telling parents not to protect their children from life threatening viruses and even had time to take a light hearted look into the plans of the illuminati and global elites.

    My most memorable moment would have to be the theory of a staffed 24hour attack by the illuminati against the tap, closely followed by a stubborn sense of self righteousness and an abject refusal to even entertain a counter argument.

    Thanks for the memories you guys, you have made wonderful subjects, please keep an eye out for some of your comments in my upcoming book.

  11. I would like to see government forces in Equador threaten the UK embassy in a similar way as UK government has threatened their embassy.

    A raid on the Equadorian embassy here in London would tantamount to an act of war. See the recent post on this blog detailed a treaty, I think in Geneva, in the 1950’s, to which UK was a signatory.

    Viva Equador!

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