So whats up with the Ecuador-U.S. relationship?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 20, 2012 1:05 pm|
Though Assange is still embattled and although there is no sign that he will be able to leave the embassy and go to Ecuador any time soon, it was much more triumphal in spirit. In reminding the world of what WikiLeaks had accomplished in 2012, in noting how the organization appeared to be on the cusp of overcoming a financial blockade, one was left with the thought that WikiLeaks may thrive yet again in the new year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 19, 2012 8:30 am|
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief who was granted asylum earlier on August 16, delivered a speech from the balcony of the Ecuador embassy in London, where he has been holed up for two months. The speech was an opportunity for Assange to show gratitude toward his supporters while also reminding the world of what he sees the United States doing to not only go after whistleblowers but also target dissent.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 17, 2012 5:17 pm|
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange was granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador yesterday. In the hours preceding the announced decision, the British government issued a letter that contained a threat against the Ecuador embassy in London, where Assange has been holed-up for nearly two months. The government indicated it might be willing to invoke a law and revoke the diplomatic immunity of the embassy so it could enter the premise and arrest Assange.
The UK has denied that it made any sort of threat. But, today, the Organization of American States (OAS) met and voted on a resolution to convene the Foreign Ministers of all OAS member countries to respond to this threat in manner that defended the “inviolability” of diplomatic premises.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 15, 2012 3:40 pm|
The Ecuador foreign minister made a “severe allegation” today during a press conference against the United Kingdom and claimed they had received a “threat” to storm the Ecuador embassy in the UK to force the country to hand over WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has applied for political asylum in Ecuador.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 3, 2012 10:54 am|
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London awaiting a decision from Ecuador on his asylum request for over a month now. Recent headlines suggest Ecuador is going through all the motions a country would need to go through before it granted asylum to someone who had made such a request. They also have announced that they will not be making any decision on the Assange’s request while the Olympic games in London are taking place.