Ecuador Seeking Legal Way To Free Assange
Ecuador Foreign minister Richard Patino said Monday he would seek legal ways to secure safe passage out of Britain for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country’s London embassy for the last seven months.
Insisting that a diplomatic solution to the international crisis would be the “best option,” Patino told RT that if one could not be met, his government “will be left with no alternative but to seek legal remedies.”
While he did not go into specifics about what legal steps would be taken, Patino quoted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which allows individuals to be granted asylum, and several other international treaties, indicating the issue may be brought up at the United Nations or the Hague.
Patino added that a legal recourse would “definitely prove time-consuming, and altogether won’t be the best possible option.”
Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador last August to avoid British extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape charges. Supporters of the Wikileaks founder believe extradition would result in his being turned over to the US and prosecuted for disclosing thousands of classified US documents.
British Foreign Minister William Hague vowed immediately afterwards that Assange would be arrested the moment he stepped one foot outside of the Ecuador embassy.