Ecuador: Maybe Assange ought to keep his mouth shut
The guy holed up at the London embassy may not be the best broker on the Snowden case, especially since Assange serves as a reminder of Ecuador’s impotence in getting the UK to grant him safe passage:
Ecuador Disarray Clouds Snowden Bid
Disarray in Ecuador over the role of Wikileaks’ Assange in Snowden’s asylum bid is complicating the outcome, according to diplomatic mail.
Mr. Assange—the antisecrecy-group founder who for the past year has been sheltered inside Ecuador’s London embassy—wrote to Ecuadorean officials Monday that he hoped his role in the Snowden matter hadn’t embarrassed the government, according to an internal Ecuadorean diplomatic correspondence obtained by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Networks and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
But in the note, Mr. Assange also offered public-relations advice to top Ecuadorean officials about how to handle the crisis. Mr. Assange’s earlier efforts on Mr. Snowden’s behalf had prompted one diplomat to caution that Mr. Assange could be perceived as “running the show” in Ecuador.
Julian better watch it, or he may find himself out of lodgings, too.