Ecuador grants asylum to Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
THE federal government says consular assistance is still available to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange but he hasn’t asked for it.
After granting asylum, the Ecuadorian government took a swipe at Australia for the lack of assistance offered to Mr Assange.
“Ecuador has noted that Mr Assange is without the due protection and help that he should receive from any state of which he is a citizen,” it said in a statement.
However, Environment Minister Tony Burke said consular assistance would still be available to Mr Assange if he asked for it.
“Julian Assange is an Australian citizen … if he wants consular support, it’s offered, it’s available,” Mr Burke told the Seven Network on Friday.
“The offer of consular assistance is still there.”
Mr Burke said Mr Assange had not contacted Australian diplomatic officials.
The Australian government had not yet had any contact with Ecuadorian officials about the diplomatic stand-off, he said.
“We’ve put some calls in this morning but we haven’t been able to confirm that any contact has been made,” Mr Burke said.
WIKILEAKS says its founder Julian Assange will make a statement on Sunday in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Ecuador announced overnight it had decided to grant asylum to Mr Assange, who has been holed up at the embassy for more than eight weeks.
Britain has said the granting of diplomatic asylum does not change its “obligation” to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.
WikiLeaks has tweeted: “Julian Assange will give a live statement in front of the Ecuadorian embassy, Sunday 2pm. “Sunday the 19th is two months exactly since Assange entered the embassy. It will be his first public appearance since March.”
A member of Mr Assange’s defence team has said the Australian will appeal to the International Court of Justice if Britain attempt to blocks his exit to Ecuador.
INTERPOL has confirmed it still considers WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange an “international wanted person”, despite a decision by authorities in Ecuador to grant him asylum.
“Interpol confirms that its Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Sweden’s request in November 2010 remains valid,” the Lyon-based international law enforcement agency said in a statement on Friday.
“Confirmation that Mr Assange’s Red Notice status remains in force follows Thursday’s decision by authorities in Ecuador to grant asylum to Mr Assange, two months after he took refuge in its London embassy.”
as i always say..no matter what you think of assange..he has been left for the wolves..and countries are breaking laws to get him to the usa..why cant Sweden come to the UK to interview him? why wont the usa confirm they have done no secret juries on assange..why is the australian government a pathetic sack of shit on this matter.. rabbiting the same boring lines about consular support..your a joke..