“Ecuador ‘won’t be bullied on Assange'” @ Herald Sun

Posted on July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012: “Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has vowed his government would not yield to pressure from Britain, Sweden or the US in deciding whether to grant asylum to Julian Assange.

‘We will consult with everyone we need to, but we will make a sovereign decision on whether or not to grant asylum to the Australian, Julian Assange,’ he said in an interview with local television station RTS.

Since last month, the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Quito’s embassy in London, seeking political asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden on rape charges.

Mr Correa said he had ‘great respect’ for London, for Stockholm and for Washington but that Ecuador would not allow those governments to dictate its decision on whether or not to grant Mr Assange political asylum………………”

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