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Ecuadoran President defies British threats over Wikileaks founder’s asylum

The British government seems willing to go to extreme lengths to get its hands on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Last week, it threatened to suspend the embassy’s immunity and to mount an armed raid to seize Assange, who has not been charged with any crime in any country.

On Sunday, August 19, Assange issued a statement thanking those who turned out to witness events as they unfolded, and crediting their presence with forestalling completion of the raid.  Assange said: “If the UK did not throw away the Vienna Conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching.”

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts provides an insightful analysis of the situation in his article: Ecuador President Rafael “We Are Not A Colony” Correa Stands Up To The Jackbooted British Gestapo.

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