WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is stateless no more. On Thursday, Ecuador revealed that it had extended citizenship to Assange, a controversial figure who moved into London’s Ecuadorian embassy to evade extradition to Sweden back in 2012. Assange alluded to the citizenship status with a Twitter post depicting him in an Ecuadorian football jersey.
Sweden has since abandoned it intended to bring Assange back to the country to face accusations related to sexual assault. Still, Assange remained in the Ecuadorian embassy for fear of being extradited to the United States for his role in releasing classified U.S. intelligence and military documentation, including a video that depicted U.S. troops gunning down a number of non-combatants in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and children.
At the time of his work with whistleblower Chelsea Manning, many viewed Assange as a champion of government transparency, though his legacy now is considerably more mixed. Since that time, Assange has taken to openly peddling widely debunked conspiracy hypothesis and lashing out at journalists who revealed that WikiLeaks disguised documents that depicted massive pays between Syria and Russia.
Assange’s newfound citizenship has again escalated tensions with Britain, though it’s likely that he’ll leverage the status to make a move out of the Ecuadorian embassy once and for all.
Ecuadors foreign minister discloses to reporters in Quito that Wikileaks founder was awarded citizenship a month ago
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was made an Ecuadorian citizen last month, the nation’s foreign ministry has disclosed, in an attempt to resolve the political impasse over his continued presence in the UK.
The 46 -year-old has been naturalised after living for five and a half years in the cramped, Latin American country’s embassy in Knightsbridge, central London.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an opening
Britain is interested in finding a solution to the stalemate that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuadors London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country has said.
The United Kingdom wants a way out, but plainly that is in the hands of the UK justice system, they have their procedures, their ways, the council of ministers, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, told reporters on Thursday. This opening has been there, and we are working on it.
A British court issued an apprehend warrant for Assange when he failed to surrender to the court on 29 June, 2012, and the Metropolitan Police Service is compelled to execute that warrant, the London police said in May.
Assange, who denies the rape accusations, dreads being handed over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks publication of thousands of categorized military and diplomatic documents in one of the largest datum leaks in US history.
David Hill: Interview with anthropologist Jos Proao on perils to indigenous peoples in isolation were imposed by timber trade
Three NGOs in Ecuador marked the UNs World Environment Day last week by releasing a report alleging that illegal loggers are operating in the famous Yasun National Park in the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The loggers are traversing the border from Peru and mainly extracting cedar from provinces used by indigenous peoples living in isolation, according to the NGOs.
The report focuses on a reconnaissance trip constructed in May which documented illegal logging in the park, as well as massive commercial hunting and the abandonment of premises supposedly run by the Environment Ministry and military. The trip was induced, the report states, after several government visits to the region in recent years which confirmed that illegal loggers and hunters were operating, but led to virtually no action being taken to stop them. On one occasion illegal timber was confiscated, but it was recovered by Peruvian loggers, it is claimed, in a possible violent assault against[ an Ecuadorian] military post.
The report, written by the Fundacin Alejandro Labaka, Accin Ecolgica and Land is Life, acknowledges that illegal logging has been a problem for years in Yasun, but states that now it is intensifying – and made worse by oil operations to the north. The fears are numerous: violent raids, retaliation killings, kidnappings, fatal epidemics, dependency. Here Land is Lifes Jos Proao, during a visit to Peru, tells the Guardian what is going on 😛 TAGEND
DH: Are you able to estimate the number of loggers or logging camps in Yasun?
JP: Weve situated around 20 places where loggers are currently operating. I cant say to you the exact number of camps as such. Some are very big – where they keep their provisions, their petrol, their equipment – whereas others are smaller, more improvised, in the areas where they are cutting cedar.
Ruling partys Lenin Moreno and rightwing Guillermo Lasso appear to be neck and neck, with fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the line
Ecuador ogled determined for a tense presidential election count on Sunday night as exit poll handed conflicting forecasts of a closely fought election that could choose the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The ruling partys Lenin Moreno was narrowly ahead of his right wing rival Guillermo Lasso, according to a inspect by Perfiles y Opinion which handed the left-wing nominee 52.2% is comparable to 47.8% for his antagonist. However, a different polling house, Cedatos, swopped their positions, putting Lasso ahead on 53% with Moreno trailing on 47%.
The uncertainty ogled set to linger through the night as polls were taken into account in polling stations from the Amazon and the Andes to the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands.
For the countrys 15 million inhabitants, what is at bet is whether to continue the redistributive programs of the regulating party, which won the previous three polls under Rafael Correa, reduced poverty and improved access to education and healthcare, but has also been criticized for media censoring, corruption and abandoning many of its environmental hopes.