Breaking: Venezuela’s President Offers Edward Snowden Political Asylum

By: Friday July 5, 2013 5:44 pm

RT News and other – mostly Latin American – sources are reporting hat Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has offered Edward Snowden political asylum in his country.


Live Blog: Ecuador’s Announcement on Julian Assange’s Asylum Request

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 5:04 am

The country of Ecuador is about to make an announcement on whether to grant WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s asylum request. Rumors on what that decision will be have been announced, but Ecuador President Rafael Correa and Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino have not made any official statements on a final decision.

Coming Decision to Be Announced on Julian Assange’s Asylum Request (Live Blog)

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 4:01 am

In the late afternoon, Ecuador foreign minister Ricardo Patino made a stunning allegation during a press conference in Ecuador. He claimed the British government had threatened Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder & editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has sought political asylum from the country and been holed up in the embassy for over fifty days.

The Ecuador government released a letter containing this “threat.” The letter suggested that under the UK Diplomatic & Consular Premises Act of 1987 it could revoke the diplomatic immunity that the Ecuador embassy in London enjoys. This would make it possible for UK authorities to storm the embassy and force Ecuador to hand over Assange. To this, Patino declared, “We’re not a British colony. UK threat to storm embassy would be hostile and force us to respond.”

No Decision on Julian Assange’s Asylum Request Announced Despite Statements From Ecuador Officials

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 3:41 pm

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has stated the rumor that WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been granted asylum is false. Using his Twitter account, he declared, “There is still no decision. I hope Foreign Ministry report.”

FDL Movie Night: Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, A Deportation Love Story

By: Monday July 23, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight’s film Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, A Deportation Love Story, directed by tonight’s guest Ruth Leitman, explores the deportation issues facing immigrant families in the United States by focusing on Tony and Janina Wasilewski, a Polish American couple whose family is torn apart by post-9/11 immigration red tape. The story is set in Chicago, against Obama’s rise from senator to President.

Julian Assange, Pursued for the Crime of Practicing Journalism

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 5:45 pm

Ecuador continues to review WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s request for political asylum. Ana Albán, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, met with President Rafael Correa and other heads of state to discuss the potential implications of granting asylum to Mr. Assange. In the meantime, he remains in the Ecuadorean embassy in the United Kingdom. The Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino has said people can be holed up in embassies for a day, three weeks or five years waiting for a decision on asylum requests.

WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Seeks Political Asylum in Ecuador

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 3:18 pm

Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, entered the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom last night and requested political asylum. Ecuador’s foreign minister says the country is now reviewing the request.

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