"(...) Quizás el presidente Correa tenga más criterio que yo en la distinción entre la prensa buena y la mala, hay medios malos y me critican, pero sigue hablando esta prensa en Estados Unidos porque yo no confío en un sistema en que el que una sola persona hace esa determinación. Creo que si creemos en la democracia es que todo el mundo tiene la oportunidad de hablar y ofrecer sus opiniones para defender lo que opina (...)"
"(...) Nosotros pensamos que el ideal de no encarcelar a la gente si está en desacuerdo con nosotros es la más justa"
Presidente Obama responde a críticas de Rafael Correa sobre intervención de Estados Unidos
La “liberal media” lo niega, si no fue Kerry,
Correa Says Trump Could Revitalize Latin America's Left
"But for the sake of the USA and the world in general," Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said, "I hope Hillary Clinton wins.”
A Donald Trump presidency in the United States would be better for Latin America than if Hillary Clinton takes the top office, though the Democratic candidate would be a better option for the U.S. and the world as a whole, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa argued in an exclusive interview with teleSUR host Abby Martin.
“If you ask me what's better for Latin America, the answer I give may shock you—Trump,” Correa said during an interview with Martin in the Presidential Palace in Quito. “He is so basic that this will generate a reaction in Latin America which will build more support for progressive governments.”
Correa, a leftist economist who has championed the so-called “Citizen’s Revolution” since taking office as president in 2007, claimed that conservative U.S. politics under George W. Bush offered a boon to the socialist Pink Tide sweeping South America at the time and argued that history could repeat itself if Trump takes office.
WikiLeaks once joined with major news organizations and used volunteers to purge personal information from data it published. But Mr. Assange later came to view former partners, including the New York Times and Britain’s Guardian, as enemies after disputes over their handling of WikiLeaks material, former Assange confidant and ghostwriter Andrew O’Hagan wrote in 2014. A Guardian representative said it last collaborated worked with WikiLeaks in 2010. Mr. O’Hagan and New York Times representatives didn’t respond to requests to comment.
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Isolation Deepens
Ecuador’s move follows recent releases of emails from Democratic Party leaders and aides to Hillary Clinton
Of course, the real question is to what extent the Ecuadorian government has been compromised and what that ultimately means for the fate of Assange. Clearly, Assange has made numerous enemies over the years with his repeated release of confidential information that has been somewhat embarrassing for many world leaders. Certainly, Hillary's opinion on how to handle Assange was made quite clear when she asked, "can't we just drone this guy?"
Hillary Clinton on Assange "Can't we just drone this guy" -- report https://t.co/S7tPrl2QCZ https://t.co/qy2EQBa48y — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 3, 2016
According to various media outlets, the Ecuadorian government has offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but foreign minister, Guillaume Long, confirmed that Assange remained under government protection and affirmed that his protection would remain so long as the "circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain." Loosely translated, the full statement reads as follows:
"Faced with the speculation of the last few hours, the Government of Ecuador ratifies the validity of the asylum granted to Julian Assange four years ago. We reaffirm that his protection by the Ecuadorean state will continue while the circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain."
Ecuador ratifica vigencia de asilo concedido a Julian Assange pic.twitter.com/CWvzFnNbpH — Cancillería Ecuador (@CancilleriaEc) October 17, 2016
According to Reuters, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has been an ardent supporter of Assange's right to free speech though he admits to having a personal relationship with Hillary Clinton and has suggested he would like for her to win the U.S. presidency "for the good of the United States and the world."
The government of leftist President Rafael Correa has long backed Assange's right to free speech, though the Wikileaks saga has caused some strain in relations with the United States, including the expulsion of diplomats in 2011.
Correa, whose term will end next year, has said he is behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who he says he knows personally, in the U.S. presidential election.
"For the good of the United States and the world ... I would like Hillary to win," Correa told broadcaster Russia Today last month.
As we draw nearer to November 8th, we suspect that the "political leverage" applied by the Obama administration against the Ecuadorian government will become ever more intense. Given the increasing level of political pressure he will certainly face in the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see just how much President Correa truly supports "Assange's right to free speech."
Mystery Deepens Around Fate Of Julian Assange
by Tyler Durden
Oct 18, 2016Julian Assange se ha convertido en ficha de negociación entre líderes de izquierda... esa es la verdad.
Will WikiLeaks Catch Up With Hillary Clinton Tonight?
Julian Assange’s drip-drip-drip of revelations hasn’t really hurt Clinton—yet. Will Wednesday’s debate be the night she finally gets nailed?
All available polling evidence indicates Clinton is likely to win the presidency in November. So Wednesday night, she could set a high-minded tone for her would-be presidency to an audience of upwards of 80 million Americans. Or Trump, with a major assist from Assange, could use the unprecedented leaks to remind voters why so many of them view her as dishonest and untrustworthy. The audience will be massive, the pressure will be astounding, and the world will be watching——including, if he can, the most famous resident of London’s Ecuadorian embassy.