Ecuador election, 2013: On Feb. 17, that nation goes to the polls,

and current President Rafael Correa is thought to hold a wide lead.



Correa Challenger Would Revoke Assange Asylum (El Comercio, Ecuador)


"We, if we win the presidency, will take a serious look, with complete impartiality, and review this decision, which was taken in haste, by the Ecuadorian government. ... There is an independent judiciary in Sweden, and justice isn't handled like it is here in Ecuador."


-- Former Ecuador president and current candidate Lucio Gutierrez


Translated By Miguel Gutierrez


February 11, 2013


Ecuador - El Commercio - Original Article (Spanish)

Ecuador Presidential candidate and ex-president Lucio Gutierrez: If elected, Julian Assange may well have his asylum at the Ecudaor Embassy in London revoked.

WEB VIDEO: Julian Assange talks to award-winning Australian journalist John Pilger, Feb. 10, 01:08:28RealVideo

Quito: Former President Lucio Gutierrez, who seeks to return to the role of head of state after the February 17 election, said today that if he is elected, he could revoke the national asylum granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.


"We, if we win the presidency, will take a serious look, with complete impartiality, and review this decision, which was taken in haste, by the Ecuadorian government," he said at a press conference.


In June 2012, the 41-year-old Assange took refuge in the Ecuador Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is suspected of sexual offenses.


The former Australian hacker asserts the in fact, these charges are a form of political persecution for WikiLeaks' disclosure of thousands of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables.


Gutierrez said that if elected, he will see a "balance" between the right to free expression, which Assange claims to defend, and the rights of the two Swedish women who accuse him of abuse.


"Who is speaking for - who is defending the human rights of these women?" said the Patriotic Society Party chief.


"There is an independent judiciary in Sweden, and justice isn't handled like it is here in Ecuador," said the candidate, who accused President Rafael Correa of having his way with the Andean country's judicial system - which he denies.


Gutierrez also criticized the president's "double standards," in granting asylum to Assange, while "pursuing" Ecuadorian media for publishing information on the "blatant corruption of this government."

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On February 1, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño told Efe that Ecuador had received additional communications from Britain on the Assange case, who he was studying, but that there was no progress toward a possible solution.


The Australian can't leave the Ecuadorian Embassy, because if he does he'll be arrested by British police guarding the building.


Ecuador has asked Britain for safe conduct to Assange can leave the country freely, something that the David Cameron government has not agreed to.



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Posted By Worldmeets.US Feb. 11, 2013, 5:33am