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It’s Ecuador or Guantanamo

Pepe Escobar
Asia Times [1]
June 20, 2012

In a cliffhanger move John Le Carre would be proud of, WikiLeaks superstar Julian Assange stepped into the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London, on Tuesday, requested political asylum invoking the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and unleashed yet another international storm.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino confirmed that the Rafael Correa government in Quito is considering the application; meanwhile Assange will remain “under the protection of the Ecuadorean government”.

Assange, in a brief statement, stressed he was grateful “to the Ecuadorean ambassador and the government of Ecuador for considering my application.” Crucially, Ecuador had already¬†offered a residence permit to Assange in November 2010.

On the surface, this is, still, all about … sex. Last week, the UK’s Supreme Court finally rejected Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden. He is wanted in Stockolm for questioning about the alleged rape of one woman and an alleged sexual assault on another woman in August 2010.

Julian’s groupies from hell
The Swedish case against Assange stinks to Scandinavian high heavens – featuring a certified man-eating prosecutor (Marianne Ny) and two groupies, the vengeful, ultra-manipulative Anna Ardin and the shy Sofia Wilen, both of which had consensual sex with Assange.

It boils down to Ardin exacting revenge on Assange – who traded her sexual favors for the younger Wilen. It was Ardin who convinced Wilen to officially make the complaint of a sexual assault – duly directing Wilen to a police station.

Full article here [1]