Ecuador Gov Ready to Evict Assange: Go Find Somewhere Else to Squat
Guillaume Long, foreign minister for the Ecuadorian government said that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks and participant in Russia’s manipulation of the US 2016 presidential election, has overstayed his welcome at their embassy in the UK.
Long told the press that Ecuador would like to evict Assange as soon as possible and asked the Swedish government to expedite their investigation into multiple rape accusations against Assange.
He added: “We hope they are as swift as possible because this has been going on for far too long.”
According to reports, Assange has become a nuisance and a liability to Ecuador since he was granted asylum in 2012. The Ecuadorian government had to take away his internet privileges after Wikileaks published emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, which Assange received from the Kremlin.
Prior to that incident, Assange was warned multiple times by Ecuador that their “sovereign space was not being used for interference in the election of another country.”
The damage Assange caused to Ecuador in helping Russia sway the US election became evident as Long pointed out that Wikileaks has placed Ecuador in “a very precarious position”.
In addition to Ecuador’s frustration with Assage, Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador’s right-wing presidential candidate, promised his potential constituents that he would rid their country of Assange.
Lasso’s campaign promise specified: “The Ecuadorian people have been paying a cost that we should not have to bear. We will cordially ask Señor Assange to leave within 30 days of assuming a mandate.”
Journalist Max Bearak explained that since Assange was granted asylum in 2012, Ecuadorian “oil prices have tanked and taken Ecuador’s economy with them”.
Assange might be aware that his squatting days are over. In November of 2016, he floated the idea that Donal Trump might drop the non-existent US criminal investigation into him as a way of dodging the jail time he would receive.
Jennifer Robinson, attorney for Assange, told the media that it is their hope Trump would reverse President Obama’s stance on classified information and materials. Robinson claims that the investigation into her client should be closed “on the grounds it violates the first amendment and places a chill on freedom of speech and reporting.”
However Assange’s request shows his gross misunderstanding of the legal process in America. There are elected officials and separation of powers that prohibits a president from being able to simply halt a criminal investigation into Assange.
Matt Bennett, political strategist, commented: “It’s a little like asking Nixon to pardon the Watergate burglars. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have revealed some of the most important secrets the U.S. government has got, so this would be a travesty of justice if he were to somehow pardon Assange. Democrats would go ballistic — and they should.”
Assange was integral to the election win of Trump through documents provided to him by the Russian government. In fact, Moscow directly provided information and was “directly responsible for the leaks that cast a negative shadow over democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
For Russia, Assange’s assistance with public perception paid off and the candidate best suited for Vladimir Putin’s future aspirations won the US election.
As for Assange, thanks to his help getting the emails Russia hacked out to the public, Trump will enjoy the benefits of being a US president. And in exchange, Assange is also hoping, not only for a pardon, but for assistance in getting out of charges of rape and molestation.
Since 2010, Assange has been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy, evading allegations of sexual deviancy and assault while maintaining his innocence.