Assange in Embassy Count Down as Presidential Run Off Looms

Forthcoming Ecuadorian Presidential Contest set to determine Julian Assange's Fate as well as that of Latin America's Left

Thursday’s announcement that last weekend’s inconclusive election result in Ecuador is to lead to a Presidential run off scheduled for April 2nd has created yet more uncertainty for political asylum seeker Julian Assange. In recent weeks Assange has found himself under attack from Presidential hopefuls on all sides of the political spectrum following Guillermo Lasso’s guarantee that if he wins the race Assange will be given thirty days to vacate the premises or face possible physical ejection.

Lasso’s position, reported on this website in the run up to the first round election contest and subsequently picked up on by the mainstream media in Assange’s native Australia, has since put pressure on the Alianza País ruling party: resulting in Left Wing Presidential hopeful Lenin Moreno wading into the fray in the immediate aftermath of the poll in what appeared to be a complete about face from the apparent party line. In an exclusive interview with the Russian news service RT Mr. Moreno told journalists that “Assange will have to reduce meddling in the policies of the nations we have friendly relations with.”

The particular country to which the Presidential hopeful was referring in this instance was the United States, which has extensive financial ties with Ecuador due to its adoption of the US Dollar as its principal note of currency, following the collapse of its own Sucre, on March 13, 2000. As a result the fate of the Ecuadorian economy as a whole is closely tied to that of the United States and is completely dependent on the US Federal Reserve. Something that has been a key issue in the background of the entire Assange Affair but has been totally ignored by the mainstream media and most of the Alternative Media as well, with the exception of a handful of specialist journalists such as TRNN’s Gregory Wilpert.

As a response to his protege’s announcement earlier in the week the outgoing President, Rafael Correa, has referred to Mr. Lasso’s proposals as a point scoring excise intended to appease the United States, whilst simultaneously attacking the Neoliberalist candidate for failing to respect his country’s diplomatic commitments. These statements would appear to directly contradict Mr. Moreno’s stance on Assange previously reported by RT, in that although the Left Wing Presidential hopeful had openly acknowledged that at the time Mr. Assange had been offered asylum in his country’s London Embassy there had be no conditions attached, a time was fast approaching when the situation might have to be subjected to some sort of a review.

In the immediate aftermath of Mr. Moreno’s response Julian Assange hit back in the press telling the world’s media that Wikileaks would not respond to pressure from those involved in the contest. Having spent the days leading up to the first round election result attacking Donald Trump’s stance on whistle blowers, who the recently elected US President had referred to as “low-life leakers”, on Twitter, whilst Wikileaks simultaneously released a series of key documents implicating the CIA in meddling directly in the 2012 French Election, Mr. Assange continued his assault on the US Political Establishment by releasing yet more controversial e-mails linked to the so called ‘Pizzagate Affair’. Whatever happens in the next round of the Ecuadorian Presidential Election though, Assange and Wikileaks both look set to battle it out to the finish.

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Rupert Ferguson is a published author, journalist and radical film maker with specialist interests in local government, politics, environmental issues and Traditional English and Scottish Folk Music. His academic work has been endorsed by the likes of Sir Melvyn Bragg, the late Sir James Watt KBE and the former head of Humanities at Bingley College in Yorkshire, England; James Reed.

Having begun his career as a junior researcher at Thames Television in London, he has written for a wide range of publications including 'The Brighton Reporter', 'Durham Town and Country', 'The Brighton and Hove People' and 'The New Celtic Review'. As an exhibited film maker he has been a regular contributor and award nominee at the Portobello Film Festival in London; and has seen his work shown at the annual London Film Makers' Convention at the prestigious Round House Theatre.

As well as receiving enthusiastic reviews from BBC Radio 4 and others for his book on Sir Walter Scott, his pioneering work as an Underground Film Maker on the fledgeling Goa Trance Scene has set him in a field of his own amongst many of his contemporaries; both in the UK, where he presently resides, and elsewhere. Current projects presently in hand include a book centred on his 'Legendary London' series of documentary films, which have stimulated an enthusiastic response from the likes of Glenda Jackson and others; and a novel set in France and Edinburgh during the eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment.

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