El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana

El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana
The Conquistador who put the Amazaon baisn "on the map"....Francisco Orellana

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Assange put on hold for Games

ECUADOR'S Foreign Affairs Minister will meet the mother of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who is holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Quito has announced.

Ricardo Patino is due to meet Christine Assange tomorrow to discuss her son's application for asylum in the Latin American nation, the Foreign Ministry said.

Ecuador will respond to Mr Assange's request on August 12, Mr Patino said, after the London Olympics.

''We will take decisions that do not affect our relations with Britain,'' he said, explaining that Quito would be careful not to disrupt the Olympic Games.

Mr Assange, 41, is seeking asylum in Ecuador to avoid his extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexual assault.

The WikiLeaks founder fears that he could subsequently be re-extradited from Sweden to the United States to stand trial for espionage, on account of the vast trove of leaked US diplomatic cables and military logs that were published on his website.

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has often been at odds with Washington and offered Mr Assange asylum in 2010.

Mr Correa vowed earlier this month that his government would not yield to pressure from Britain, Sweden or the US in deciding whether to grant asylum to Mr Assange.


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