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Thursday, August 16, 2012

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Granted Asylum In Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. (AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London. (AP)

Julian Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, but Ecaudor’s foreign minister said Thursday that the WikiLeaks founder is being granted asylum in the Latin American country.

The question remains though, will Britain allow Assange to leave the embassy, go to the airport and leave the country? Assange entered the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault allegations. He says he’s afraid he would be eventually extradited to the US to face espionage charges because WikiLeaks released thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

Guest:

  • The BBC’s Irene Caselli in London.

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    How much money is Assange giving the country of Ecuador to shield him?

    • PARAGONofVIRTUE

       How much MORE money has the US wasted trying to intimidate people with the courage to tell the truth?
          Transparency Much,  President Opromiser??

      The O administration has remorselessly attacked whistleblowers

  • PARAGONofVIRTUE

         IF the “reason” that Assange is needed in
    Sweden is actually to answer Questions, why, Robin, do you not
    investigate WHAT PREVENTS THIS “QUESTIONING” FROM TAKING PLACE WHERE ASSANGE
    IS RIGHT NOW???

     

        How can anybody view this “extradition”
    request to be anything other than a ploy to capture Assange and intimidate all
    whistleblowers who dare to cross Obama, the Champion of
    Transparency?

     

         Robin,  I hope you follow up on this
    instead of allowing the administration to mold your brain!   Nothing to see
    here, folks, move along…. TRUST US TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

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