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Forum Post: Free Julian Assange! Ask Ecuador To Grant Him Political Asylum!

Posted 2 years ago on June 19, 2012, 9:21 p.m. EST by vvv0619 (19)
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Free Julian Assange!  Ask Ecuador To Grant Him Political Asylum!

Ambassador says Ecuador will 'carefully consider' Assange request

Ecuador's ambassador to Australia has pledged his country will carefully consider the bid for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying people always need to flee ''political storms''.

Raul Gangotena told the National Times this morning that no decision had yet been made regarding Mr Assange's dramatic bid for asylum in Ecuador's London embassy overnight, but his foreign minister was in talks with Britain and Sweden over Mr Assange's case.

But he said the United States had already indicated it had no interest in the matter and it was between Britain, Sweden and Ecuador.

''Our country does not want to interfere in any judicial process,'' Mr Gangotena said. ''But if there are political grounds for asylum, our country will pay due respect to the institution of political asylum.''

''We always respect that institution because whenever there are political storms, there are people that might need to be protected.''

Mr Gangotena said he had not been contacted at all by the Australian government over Mr Assange's bid for asylum, and did not know if he would be.

But he said Ecuador and Australia had a ''healthy and fluid'' relationship.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, during a press conference at the closing of the G20 summit in Mexico, would not comment on Mr Assange's bid for political asylum, saying only he had received more consular assistance than any other Australian who had run into legal difficulties whilst overseas ''in a comparable'' period.

''We support Mr Assange just as we support any Australian overseas who is experiencing legal difficulties or dilemmas,'' Ms Gillard said.

The Australian Greens have come out in strong support of the Wikileaks founder, with senator Scott Ludlam telling reporters in Canberra this morning he had seen part of a letter Mr Assange had written to the Ecuadorian government.

''He doesn't have any confidence at all in the Australian government's willingness to protect him, or to stand up for his rights,'' he told reporters in Canberra.

Senator Ludlam said he understood Ecuadorian authorities have contacted Sweden, Britain and the US about Mr Assange's case, but had not had dealings with Canberra on the matter.

''I think that in itself is telling of the degree of neglect that he has been dealing with,'' Senator Ludlam said.

He admitted there was no concrete evidence that the US had secret plans to extradite Mr Assange bus added the US ambassador in Australia had chosen his words ''very carefully'' when speaking on the matter.

''The US ambassador did say there was no warrant that he was aware of,'' Senator Ludlam said. ''It's not a warrant that we are concerned about. It's an indictment for charges of espionage.''

Greens MP Adam Bandt described as 'shameful'' the government's treatment of Mr Assange. which he said had forced him to turn to Ecuador for help.

He called on the federal government to use its ''special relationship'' with the US to ask what its plans were for Mr Assange's case.

''If it's the case that the US intends to put him on trial where he might face the death penalty, then that is something that should be of great concern to the Australian government,'' Mr Bandt said.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/ambassador-says-ecuador-will-carefully-consider-assange-request-20120620-20n1h.html

Please don't post blah-blah-blah comments to this, forum members. Instead, do whatever you can do that will make a real difference. Love or hate Assange, but without him there would be no WikiLeaks. Without WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning and Mohamed Bouazizi there would be no Arab Spring. Without the Arab Spring there would be no Occupy Wall Street. And without OWS millions of Americans would not be waking up and asking what's wrong with their country.

UNTIL THE LAMBS BECOME LIONS ... RISE UP!

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[-] 3 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Maybe a vigil of some sort outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in New York? Nice location (two blocks from Grand Central, the majesty of midtown) :)

But please do your research first!

[-] 3 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Assange deserves our support. That is an excellent suggestion.

[-] 2 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 2 years ago

Yeah, right. As soon as he offers to trade places with Pfc Manning, I just might admire him.

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[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Thanks

[-] 0 points by conservatroll (161) 2 years ago

OWS supported Trayvon, too. Sorry about that yet?

[-] 1 points by MattHolck2 (44) 2 years ago

Update 6/22/12:

The military rejects another bid for transparency in the courtroom, a play for Bradley opened in Exeter, and a Manning event in New York City.


http://www.bradleymanning.org/

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

I don't represent OWS but for myself I still support Trayvon Martin. An unarmed teenager was killed by a liar and the liar was released until people like us shouted loud enough and long enough. There will be a trial. The prosecutor believes she has a good convincing case. Smoking weed and being an unruly student are not capital offenses yet,

[-] -2 points by conservatroll (161) 2 years ago

Trayvon was not only beating the shit out of Zim, but he also made a move for his sidearm.

Oh, wait, that story doesn't work with the original liberal media spin, does it?

Unarmed does not equal non life threatening. Unfortunately, most anyone in good physical condition could kill me with their hands. How about you?

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Well, it isn't smart to go around stalking people and asking them why they are where they are. A person might get the shit kicked out of him if he does that to the wrong individual.

[-] 0 points by conservatroll (161) 2 years ago

Even more stupid to bring your fists to a gunfight.

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

The kid didn't know he was going to a one sided gun fight when he went to the store to buy some candy, asshole.

[-] -1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Then make it happen!

[-] -2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

posting the truth needs our support

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Yes, and I know that Assange is contra truther but he obviously is on the progressive side of things and he obviously is being set up for imprisonment or death and he needs asylum. He's seeking it in Ecuador, and we should support his quest.

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Please do YOUR research first?!?

If you think such a vigil will make a difference, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

But please recognize YOUR research time is limited.

[-] 0 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Oooo, did I offend (seems like an emotional response, bold letters, capitalization, wow, went through a lot of trouble ... just for little ol' me) :)

[-] 2 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

I cannot be offended. What I asked you do to was anything that might make a difference for Julian. Making your vigil happen might. More forum posting exchanges like this WON'T.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Hmmm, I assume you don't live near NYC?

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Hmmm, are you an OWS activist or a forum slacktivist? If you are an activist, then ACT! If you are not, stop wasting my time.

[-] -1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Okay, sooo then you're just some psycho fucktard :)

Careful, don't drool on yourself kooky!

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

And attempting to insult me helps Julian Assange HOW?

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

doom

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

drivel

[-] 2 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 2 years ago

Friends of Wikileaks issued this urgent statement of support for Julian Assange's request for asylum with the Ecuadorian Embassy and asks for your help. There is a letter and a list of email addresses to Ecuadorian Embassies around the world at this address:

http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/topic,12239.msg35621.html#msg35621

Cheers

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

great research as always sparky,

What the hell has happened when the decent countries of the world have to start worrying about the US getting their hands on somebody?

I’ll make some calls and write some emails on Julian’s behave today, if we stopped doing shit that put our people “at risk” then we wouldn’t be so worried about people knowing stuff

[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 2 years ago

I couldn't agree more FF. Not only has the US become oppressive to it's own people; but to people all around the world. It is our governments' attempt to stifle the truth.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. - TJ

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

sparky hope you see the letter I worte down the thread a bit

[-] 2 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 2 years ago

Do you have some way to petition the Government of Ecuador?

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Online petitions are generally feel-good mental masturbation that otherwise accomplishes nothing, but given the distances and timeframe here for many it may be better than nothing:

http://www.ecuadorembassyuk.org.uk/contact

Here's what Jacob Appelbaum sent:

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/hu63o4

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

my letter:

I write to you today to urge you to allow Mr. Assange into your country until the matter of Swedish intent is know in regards’ to extradition to the United States.

Mr. Assange has become a symbol for the free flow of information and as such his well being represents a greater purpose than personal safety and moves to silence him must be weighed in light of those who would wish to do so.

Please give full considerartion to his request and act in the best interest of justice.

I think it helps a little to write something for yourself, even if you srtay "off mesage"

[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 2 years ago

Good letter FF. I think short and to the point is most effective; as you have done. What we now need is volume. Kudos :)

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

I have heard it can be noticed if lots of people take time to write something, anything at all really, and the story continues:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164321/Julian-Assange-demands-diplomatic-assurances-extradited-US-WikiLeaks-revelations.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

[-] 0 points by MattHolck2 (44) 2 years ago

volume has been picking up

I've notice so comprehensible paragraphs (I am a fools judge)

being argued back and forth

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

when passion arises, judgment rears its' ugly head...

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

free flow information can be it's own

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

symbols are useful, but living ones come with dangers

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

free Bradly Manning

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (7064) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

NOW!!!

[-] 1 points by Clancy (42) 2 years ago

Why are people even talking sout Manning. He is a CRIMINAL this has nothing to do with him.

[-] 1 points by kilroywashere (20) 2 years ago

Assange has enough money to defend himself. I'm more interested in the Average Joe/Jane being prosecuted for the same reasons, and without the resources. Yeah, he's being wronged but why should I get involved?

[-] 1 points by frogmanofborneo (602) from New York, NY 2 years ago

For what it's worth I just sent an email to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London asking that they grant Assange Asylum. I hope people younger and healthier than I am can do something to make some serious noise in NY and other places where there are embassies and consulates.

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

"Many supporters have been writing to the Embassy of Ecuador in London to voice their support for Mr Assange. You can do so via an online form at their official website. An email address is listed, but all emails seem to be bouncing."

http://www.ecuadorembassyuk.org.uk/contact

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Australians rally as Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador

As Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador, concerned Australian citizens will protest their government’s treatment of the WikiLeaks founder in Sydney on Thursday. Assange is seeking asylum to protect him from extradition to the United States, "a country where espionage and treason are punished with the death penalty", and where prominent politicians have called for his assassination. The Australian government has previously stated that it would not intervene to prevent the US extraditing Assange from either Sweden or the UK. It has also passed legislation which will make it easier for Assange to be extradited from Australia, should he ever return here. As Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, has pointed out, his asylum application makes him “the first ever political refugee from our country going to another country”. “It’s shameful that Julian Assange has been put in this position”, said Matt Watt, spokesperson of the Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition. “He is a courageous, multi-award winning journalist facing torture or worse in the US, and the Gillard government has done nothing to protect him.” Assange’s asylum bid comes shortly after Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, visited Libya to personally lobby for the release of Australian lawyer, Melinda Taylor. Carr has himself stated that Melinda Taylor’s employer, the International Criminal Court, breached protocols in Libya and should apologise. And last October, Prime Minister Gillard found time to make a reassuring personal telephone call to an Australian teenager charged with drug offences in Indonesia. “Our government’s actions make a mockery of their claims about ‘consular assistance’”, said Mr Watt. “In doing the right thing by other Australians in trouble overseas they have highlighted the wrongs done to Assange, who has not been charged with any offence in any country.” Protesters will be at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 123 Pitt St, Sydney, Thursday 21 June from 5pm. A vigil is being held in Brisbane while Assange awaits the result of his asylum application. For more information contact Matt Watt on 0409 463 786 or Cassie Findlay on 0412 355 899.

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/hu5v7u

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

How is this helping Julian Assange? If we don't stand up for him, in the end who will stand up for us?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/dylan-rattigans-last-week-on-msnbc/#comment-767318

[-] 1 points by doitagain (234) from Brooklyn, NY 2 years ago

since recently Assange become international affair journalist http://assange.rt.com/

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

"since recently Assange become international affair journalist..." what?

That's not even a complete sentence. And how did posting this comment help Free Julian Assange?

[-] 1 points by doitagain (234) from Brooklyn, NY 2 years ago

he is not really popular in USA. Although, he making smart moves, i'm very impressed. I'm not sure about Ecuador. WTF is that? He cant be serious about ecuador citizenship. Most likely he will be unable to travel outside ecuador, this is sort of long summer camp he he he

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Too late to pontificate. Read what was posted above, and DO SOMETHING TO HELP!

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28487) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well well - RustyButtBrucie - someone might think you even care.

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[-] 0 points by Umong (0) 2 years ago

how can they get him to the airport and even Ecuador after he leaves the embassy because UK police are outside the embassy waiting to arrest him. Its is pathetic because this supposedly about having sex when after the condom broke. So now you have a group of police waiting to arrest him because the condom broke. yeah yeah BULLSHIT!!!!

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

The Twitter account for the president of Ecuador is @MashiRafael

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[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

I can't stay here any longer tonight. If there are any true activists in this forum, I beg you to pick up the ball and run with it. If there's nobody here but forum slacktivists, then I pray the fate of Julian Assange weighs heavily and perpetually on your collective conscience.

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

2012-06-19 Live Blog: Assange requests political asylum from Ecuador:

http://wlcentral.org/node/2663

Assange asks Ecuador for asylum: The WikiLeaks founder is motivated by one thing: a desire to avoid extradition to the U.S. Can anyone blame him?

http://www.salon.com/2012/06/19/assange_asks_ecuador_for_asylum/singleton/

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Don't know how to make a real difference? Seek inspiration here:

https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23assange%20%23ecuador

[-] -1 points by shadzworth (-394) 2 years ago

Blah,blah,blah....Julie and Brad suck!!!

[-] -1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

It's time to stop keeping secrets

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Which part of "Please don't post blah-blah-blah comments to this" did you not understand, Matthew? Please stop polluting this thread with drivel and instead do something that ACTUALLY HELPS JULIAN ASSANGE.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Your suggestion?

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Everyone on earth is only 6 or 7 connections away from everyone else. Who do you know that has power or pull in Ecuador? If nobody, then who do you know that might? Directly or indirectly, somebody you know DOES.

[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Im going to go out on a limb and say that if I told the people in my phone that we need to save him, they would wonder if I ate shrooms tonight....

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

And your problem with that would be what? What if one of your contacts led to THE contact that saved Assange? Rather tell your grandkids that story, or the one about the freedom fighter who died because you didn't want to embarass yourself or inconvenience a few iPhone buddies?

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Trust me, they dont know anyone.....

[-] 1 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Not true...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation

But let's say you are the exception that proves the rule. Are you an OWS activist or a forum slacktivist? Not sure? Then here's your chance to fish or cut bait.

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[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Please stop posting your drivel to this thread, MattLHolck. We have real-world work to do here. Thank you.

[-] -1 points by Umong (0) 2 years ago

like what ?

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Everyone on earth is only 6 or 7 connections away from everyone else. Who do you know that has power or pull in Ecuador? If nobody, then who do you know that might? Directly or indirectly, somebody you know DOES.

[-] -1 points by Umong (0) 2 years ago

i reckon President Correa has already made the decision to allow him in.

[-] 0 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

And I reckon none of the news services know that fact - if it is indeed a fact. Please post proof or retract your "reckoning".

[-] 0 points by Umong (0) 2 years ago

I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

quick post it on Facebook

[-] 0 points by Umong (0) 2 years ago

this is not rocket science... President Hugo Chavez and President Correa are big buddies Chavez would not allow US to get it way

[+] -4 points by shadzworth (-394) 2 years ago

I'll bet Barry is already on the case and has a Drone with Julie's name right on it. Wouldn't that make all you Obama boosters just soooo proud?

[-] 2 points by vvv0619 (19) 2 years ago

Fuck Odrona, fuck his boosters, and fuck YOU for polluting this action-seeking thread with political drivel.

[-] -3 points by shadzworth (-394) 2 years ago

No,...Fuck you!!! Fuck Julie Ass-ange!!! Fuck any Leftist's that would actually admire this POS!!! Sorry it's not formatted in bold but you get the idea.

Oh and Fuck Obama also.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

waiting for 130 caricature

WikiLeaks founder Assange ask Ecuador for Asylum. Prosecutors deny "secret" information can be found on othersite besides wikileaks. .....

it's little awkward ...I think a peed myself

.

.

weakileaks put out information that other haven't previously seen

one doesn't need a web site to do that

they could post here for instance

or

on some other website in some other country

,

It's time to stop keeping secrets

.


Oh and Fuck Obama also.

this weighs on my conscious

like the drone assassinations

Rollerball afterparty

[-] 1 points by conservatroll (161) 2 years ago

Indeed, F the Hawain, Indsonesian, Kenyan, Oreo Amateur