Stories for August 20th 2012
Ecuador has been, and is open to dialogue to the UK if London withdraws its “threat” to raid the embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, according to Ecuador’s Foreign minister Ricardo Patiño who revealed that the two countries had been holding bilateral discussions on the issue for the last two months.
Speaking on Sunday in front of the condor of the Ecuadorean coat of arms on the white balcony railing of the embassy in London, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange thanked President Rafael Correa and Ecuador's diplomats, whom he praised for standing up against oppression, but also revealed the police tried to break in last Wednesday.
The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange used the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy on Sunday to berate the United States for threatening freedom of expression and called on President Barack Obama to end what he called a witch-hunt against his whistle-blowing website.
Ecuador has reiterated its intention of joining Mercosur but this needs to be compatible with the rules from the Community of Andean Nations, CAN, (to which it now belongs) said Ecuadorean ambassador Horacio Sevilla Borja.