Remember that offer of residence “without any kind of trouble and without any kind of conditions” issued by the Ecuadorian government yesterday?
Well, that was then. This is now:
Ecuador’s President retracts ‘offer’ of safe haven to Julian Assange made by deputy foreign minister
foreign minister suggested the beleaguered founder of WikiLeaks could potentially find safe haven within its borders, but that invitation was quickly denied by the nation’s president.
The offer by Kintto Lucas on Monday “has not been approved by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino – or the president,” President Rafael Correa told reporters.
Patino had also swept aside Lucas’ bold offer, which the underling made during an interview with the Spanish-language website, Ecuadormediato.
“We are open to giving [Assange] residency in Ecuador, without any problem and without any conditions,” the deputy foreign minister is quoted as saying.
Patino said Ecuador first needed to weigh “the legal and diplomatic perspective” of allowing Assange safe haven in their country before making such an offer.
Supposedly it was because of the Interpol wanted list, but maybe Rafael Correa thought maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to shelter someone who may be getting in hot water with both the Iranians and the Russians.
Cross-posted at the Green Room.