Ecuador eventually gave political asylum to the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, on Thursday, August 16, 2012 or the day after the British stormed the embassy threatening akn Ecuador in London to keep hacking it. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino expressed his country was concerned about the safety of Australians.
Assange before seeking asylum in Ecuador President Rafael Correa, who refers to himself as the enemy media “corrupt” and “imperialism” that the United States. Assange worry extradite him to Sweden British plan would end up sending him to the United States angered by Wikileaks diplomatic cable leaked thousands of the country.
Patino said in a press conference in Quito that Assange extradition to a third country without any warranty and may be sufficient legal evidence showed he was not going to get a free trial if eventually moved to the United States.
“This is a sovereign decision that is protected under international law. Not make sense if asylum suspect this will damage the relationship (with Britain),” Patino said.
While the British Foreign Secretary William Hague said London would not allow the departure of Assange safely out of the country. England states, it could revoke the diplomatic status of the Ecuadorian embassy to England to hold a two-month Assange refuge there.
“The United Kingdom does not recognize the principle of political asylum,” said Hague.
Assange refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador after losing the fight against the proposed extradition of Sweden. Sweden against him on charges of rape and sexual abuse of two supporters of Wikileaks.
Wikileaks states, Assange will make a statement directly in front of the embassy of Ecuador on Sunday but has not been clear whether she risked arrest if out of the embassy or just emerging from a window or deploying a video link.
In a statement reported by Wikileaks Twitter page, Assange called the decision of Ecuador as a “historic victory”. “No English or my country, Australia, who stood to defend me from punishment, but an independent Latin American country that courageous.”
Assange unclear how long can survive in small embassies located in the basement of an apartment building and monitored 24 hours by British police. His mother, Christine Assange, said at the Reuters has “equipped to fight”.
Britain plans threatened to revoke the diplomatic status of the Ecuadorian embassy also criticized former British diplomat himself. “If we live in a world where the government could revoke the immunity and enter into the embassy, then the lives of our diplomats and their ability to do work normally in my country such as Moscow and North Korea had become impossible,” said former British ambassador to Russia, Tony Brenton, told the BBC.