It is not going to be very often that I express my gratitude to a government. I continue to believe that a dominator system is a wrong way to organize human affairs. But this morning, Ecuador has done a very brave thing in granting Julian Assange asylum. The problem of getting Assange out of the United Kingdom to (hopefully) safety in Ecuador remains. It is also appropriate to be concerned about repercussions, not only from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden against Ecuador, but the possibility that Barack Obama will employ his private army, the Central Intelligence Agency, or other assets to deal with Assange extrajudicially once he has escaped Britain. Beyond that, Mark Weisbrot, writing for the Guardian‘s “Comment is Free” section, has captured my sentiments well.
- Guardian, Ecuador grants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum,” August 16, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/16/julian-assange-political-asylum-ecuador; Kevin Gosztola, “Ecuador Endorses Julian Assange’s Fears, Grants Asylum,” Firedoglake, August 16, 2012, http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/08/16/ecuador-endorses-fears-of-julian-assange-grants-asylum/↩
- Adam Martin, “Julian Assange’s Great Escape,” Atlantic, August 15, 2012, http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/08/julian-assanges-great-escape/55816/↩
- Mark Weisbrot, “Julian Assange asylum: Ecuador is right to stand up to the US,” Guardian, August 16, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/16/julian-assange-asylum-ecuador↩