Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has said that Julian Assange can stay “indefinitely” at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London while the diplomatic menage-a-trois between his country, Sweden and the UK plays out.
“Since Mr. Assange has received asylum from the Ecuadorean state, he can stay in the embassy indefinitely,” Correa said, who also stated that Ecuador isn’t trying to stop Assange from facing charges in Sweden. ”What we’ve asked for is guarantees that he won’t be extradited to a third country,” he said.
Assange and Correa both believe it’s likely that upon extradition to Sweden Assange will then be extradited to the US to face espionage charges. It’s quite interesting how democratic, free information becomes spying, but that’s typical US hypocrisy.
Space is limited at the Ecuadorean embassy, so it should be interesting to see who snaps first: Embassy officials or Assange.