Ecuador is holding high level discussions with Britain over the fate of Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 after being granted political asylum, according to comments made by President Lenin Moreno to Spain’s El Pais daily newspaper.
“The issue of Mr. Assange is being treated with the British government and I understand that we have already established contact with Mr. Assange’s lawyers so we can find a way out.”
Not true, says Assange’s Attorney Carlos Poveda in a
Niega la defensa de Assange que Quito la haya contactado https://t.co/QU37hI3gDZ
— #FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)⌛ (@JulianAssange) July 29, 2018“>Sunday LaJournada article retweeted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account.
The defense of Julian Assange is concerned about the contradictions of the government of Ecuador, which claims to be seeking a solution to the asylum of the founder of Wikileaks through dialogue, with all parties, but refuses to meet with their lawyers, said Carlos Poveda, one of the activist’s lawyers. –LaJournada (translated)
“We have followed very closely the statements of President Lenin Moreno both in the United Kingdom and Spain,” said Poveda. “And I must warn that even the legal team that presides (the former judge of the Spanish Supreme Court) Baltasar Garzón requested a hearing to meet in London or Madrid, but they told him that Moreno’s schedule was full during the whole tour.”
In other words – Moreno is talking out of both sides of his mouth while feigning a new found concern for Assange’s fate (after referring to the WikiLeaks founder as a “hacker”, “an inherited problem” and a “stone in the shoe”).
We know how (Moreno) addresses the issue , said Poveda, who said that the president’s statements leave us confused.
In relation to the recent declarations of the Ecuadorian agent chief executive, of which his government is in “permanent” communication with London and with the legal team of Assange, Poveda maintained that that does not happen.
According to Poveda, Assange’s legal team is still awaiting a response from two letters sent from Madrid weeks ago requesting that Ecuador “explain the situation.” …