Why Ecuador May Have Chosen to Offer Asylum to Assange

Friday, August 17, 2012

On Thursday, Ecuador announced that in keeping with its “tradition of protecting those who seek refuge in its territory,” it has decided to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange only met the Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa in June on Assange’s television show on Russia Today. And as the costs, both economic and political, of such a decision seem tremendous for a small Latin American country, many are left wondering why Ecuador has decided to do this in the first place.

Ernesto Capello, associate professor of Latin American history at Macalester College, takes a closer look.


Ernesto Capello

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Comments [2]


This is really rich.

Julian Assange, the great believer in free information and personal freedom, hides out under cover of one of the most restrictive dictators of press freedoms in Latin America; Rafael Correa.

This isn't about freedom or innocence. This is about Julian Assange's personal information war against the United States of America, making common cause with any U.S. enemies he can find, anywhere in the world.

I certainly haven't heard about any Wilikleaks projects targeting Iran, North Korea or Cuba.

Aug. 17 2012 05:30 PM
kim weinstein from San Diego, CA

Thank you for having such a well-informed, knowledgeable guest speaker on the Ecuadorian/Julian Assange situation. I have a much better grasp now of what is happening and why.In these times when Latin America is becoming a force in the political and economical world it is imperative to have experts like Dr. Capello help us understand the historical perspective of current happenings.

Aug. 17 2012 11:12 AM

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