Snowden’s Asylum Request: ‘Unlikely I Would Receive Fair Trial or Proper Treatment Prior to Trial’

By: Monday June 24, 2013 1:35 pm

The foreign minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, held a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he made some remarks about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s request for asylum and read an excerpt from the application.

Patino, according to a post by New York Times blogger Robert Mackey, said, “The word treason has been batted around in recent days. We need to ask who has betrayed who?”


Assange Addresses UN Members, Lambasts Obama’s UN Address for Rewriting History

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 5:59 am

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange addressed members of the United Nations at an event with Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Baher Azmy. He spoke to members on the current status of his asylum case and how the United States currently is engaged in a wide investigation into members of WikiLeaks and others, who the US believes to be connected.

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.”

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