For a man who deals in information, Julian Assange is woefully incapable of using Google. We signed our first extradition treaty with Ecuador in 1872 and renewed it in 1939. In fact, Ecuador has bilateral extradition treaties with most nations.
So, seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy is just another stupid grandstand move by Assange, but that’s exactly what Mr. Genius has done, gotten himself into the Ecuadorian embassy in London and requested asylum.
The British Supreme Court made a horrible mistake letting Assange loose after denying his request to reopen his case. They should have taken him into custody and booked him on the first flight out as soon as Sweden presented the papers. He’s a freaking flight risk. How could any court be this dense?
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is a “leftist” and Assange is apparently hoping that someone who isn’t on the best of terms with America will believe this paranoid crap of how he’s being persecuted. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told the press that Assange has states that “the authorities in his country will not defend his minimum guarantees in front of any government or ignore the obligation to protect politically persecuted citizen.” Assange claims he cannot return to Australia because they will not protect him from “a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.” He claims the U. S. has secretly indicted him for divulging American secrets and will extradite him from Sweden if he is turned over to the Swedish authorities. Seriously? The death penalty? Forget the sedition part, he has not led a revolt against America. The espionage part, well, the last people executed for espionage in this country, the ONLY civilians ever executed for espionage in this country, were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953.
Patino said his country would consider the asylum request, “taking into account the respect for the norms and principles of international law as well as Ecuador’s policy of protecting human rights.” In November, 2010, Ecuador’s deputy foreign minister said his county was offering residency to Assange, but President Correa said that neither he nor Patino had approved the offer.
Ecuador is undoubtedly in discussions with Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, over this. Assange has embarrassed the British government, which was gracious enough not to jail him pending his extradition. Patino and Correa would do well to evaluate just how rational Assange’s claims are and how rational Assange himself is, just as the British judicial system has, before deciding if they want him in their country.