This morning’s no-surprise news: Corzine and Assange UPDATE

Assange first:
As expected, Ecuador Grants Asylum to Assange, Defying Britain

Ecuador announced Thursday that it was granting political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who has been holed up for two months in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London awaiting the decision.

The move leaves Mr. Assange with protection from arrest only on Ecuadorean territory, meaning he could only leave the embassy for Ecuador with British cooperation.

Huffing and puffing,

Just before the announcement by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño at a news conference in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, President Rafael Correa said on his Twitter account: “No one is going to terrorize us!” The night before, Mr. Patiño said that the British authorities had threatened to force their way into the embassy, to which he responded: “We are not a British colony.”

Reading from a government communiqué, Mr. Patiño said: “The government of Ecuador, faithful to its tradition of protecting those who seek refuge in its territory or in its diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange.”

He added, “There are indications to presume that there could be political persecution,” and that Mr. Assange would not get a fair trial in the United States and could face the death penalty there.

The article points out that “Mr. Assange arrived at the embassy on June 19, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden“, but never mind,

Mr. Patiño said he hoped Britain would permit Mr. Assange to leave the embassy in London for Ecuador — a request Britain has rejected, saying it has a binding, legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over accusations that he sexually assaulted two women.

The British Foreign Office said it was disappointed by the Ecuadorean announcement but remained committed to a negotiated outcome to the standoff. Sweden called the decision “unacceptable” and summoned Ecuador’s ambassador, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Patiño’s news conference was broadcast live on British television and Mr. Assange watched the announcement as it happened, British news reports said. He told embassy staff members: “It is a significant victory for myself and my people. Things will probably get more stressful now.”

Particularly if it serves a propaganda purpose. The Mex Files is expecting the masses to rise,

While war is the extension of diplomacy by other means, that doesn’t mean a shootin’ war, by any means, but the British are likely to pay a very high price for these intemperate claims: I would expect at a minimum that British Embassies throughout Latin America are going to be besieged and quite a few windows broken, and various Latin American (and probably other) states enacting policies and procedures designed to make life difficult for British passport holders (amazing what Immigration and Customs service types can come up with when they want) and I fully expect British-owned businesses (some of which — like HSBC — are already seen as “dodgy” to use Brit-speak ) might be in a zealous application of existing regulatory and oversight functions.

I’m too cynical to get a rise over Assange. Perhaps that’s why The Mex Files refers to my blog as “The far right-wing Latin American website.”

Speaking of cynicism, No Criminal Case Is Likely in Loss at MF Global, surprise, surprise!

In the most telling indication yet that the MF Global investigation is winding down, federal authorities are seeking to interview the former chief of the firm, Jon S. Corzine, next month, according to the people involved in the case. Authorities hope that Mr. Corzine, who is expected to accept the invitation, will shed light on the actions of other employees at MF Global.

Those developments indicate that federal prosecutors do not expect to file criminal charges against the former New Jersey governor. Mr. Corzine has not yet received assurances that he is free from scrutiny, but two rounds of interviews with former employees and a review of thousands of documents have left prosecutors without a case against him, say the people involved in the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Imagine that: Prosecutors can’t build a case against a guy who simply doesn’t know where $1.2 billion of his clients money is, but who also managed to raise $500,000 for Obama.

Ed Morrisey‘s asking,

Ahem. What kind of “porous risk controls” allowed MF Global to bet money that wasn’t theirs on Euro-zone debt?

Good question.

But, fret not,

Mr. Corzine, in a bid to rebuild his image and engage his passion for trading, is weighing whether to start a hedge fund, according to people with knowledge of his plans.

Can’t wait to see what he calls it!

Cross-posted in The Green Room.

UPDATE,
WARNING: Language not suitable for work
Here’s why Julian Assange is the most annoying and arrogant person in the whole world


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5 Responses to “This morning’s no-surprise news: Corzine and Assange UPDATE”

  1. This morning’s no-surprise news: Corzine and Assange « The Greenroom Says:

    […] at Fausta’s blog, “The far right-wing Latin American website.” […]

  2. Macker Says:

    I sometimes wonder Assange and Bradley Manning really were “good buddies,” IYKWIMAITYD!

  3. This morning’s no-surprise news: Corzine and Assange | Cerita Dewasa Terbaru 2012 Says:

    […] at Fausta’s blog, “The far right-wing Latin American website.” Cerita Dewasa […]

  4. Mexfiles Says:

    Thanks for the link, Fausta, though it’s hardly your cynicism that would lead me to pigeon-hole you as “far right”(Heck, when it comes to cynicism doctrinaire Marxists like the late John Ross put us both the shame). Cynicism isn’t a bad quality in a commentator, and I appreciate a healthy dose of it in the sites I look at — even if I find their world-view and those of their sources hopelessly imperialist and frankly ridiculous.

    Anyway, writing from a country where Hillary Clinton is seen as a rightist, and Barack Obama as a middle-of-the road conservative you’d be appalled if I labeled you anything less than to the right of those guys :-)

    BTW, I agree that Assange himself is of no particular interest (and neither is Chapo Guzmán, the other “name in the news” I spoke of this morning). But the way people expect their states to react, and the way they are likely to react to a perception of bullying by the wealthy nations over their own decisions regarding these individuals is the kind of thing that’s just human nature, but gets political labels slapped on them.

  5. Fausta Says:

    Anyway, writing from a country where Hillary Clinton is seen as a rightist, and Barack Obama as a middle-of-the road conservative you’d be appalled if I labeled you anything less than to the right of those guys
    Indeed!

    Hopelessly imperialist? Maybe.

    Frankly ridiculous? Only in the eyes of the beholder – it takes one to know one, after all.