Just As Ecuador Grants Asylum To Assange, It Prepares To Extradite Blogger For Exposing Corruption

from the epic-failures dept

We just wrote about hypocrisy from Russia, condemning the UK over the Julian Assange situation at the same time that it was putting Pussy Riot in jail for political speech. As someone pointed out in our comments, there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around, including with Ecuador, who, at the same time it's granting asylum to Assange, is likely preparing to extradite a blogger who was granted asylum after exposing corruption in Belarus.
The plight of Barankov poses a real test of Ecuador’s commitment to human rights. A former Belarusian army captain, Barankov arrived in Quito in 2008 thanks to the Ecuadorian government’s very liberal immigration laws. He then set up a blog denouncing corruption and other crimes allegedly committed under authoritarian ruler Alexander Lukashenko. Ecuador initially granted him refugee status, but after a state visit by Lukashenko to Quito on June 29, he was arrested and is being held in the capital’s infamous, 19th century prison while the top court hears the case on Belarus’ fresh extradition request. If sent there, according to his partner, Maribel Andrade, he will face charges of treason and could be put to death.
Furthermore, the report in Time notes that Ecuador has a history of not respecting the basic privacy and human rights of its citizens and journalists:
Indeed, the hospitality that Ecuador extends to Assange is withheld from Ecuadorians who may try to emulate his online whistle-blowing tactics. Since Assange entered the embassy, Ecuador’s government has scrapped the need for a warrant to investigate private Internet Protocol addresses. Additionally, for the second time in 18 months, on July 31 government officials and police seized the computers of the newsmagazine Vanguardia, which has been critical of the Correa Administration. The charge: that the publication had violated labor laws. As a result, Vanguardia only managed to go to print this week with the help of donated computers.
Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 12:41pm

    I'm mighty glad that the US government exhibits no hypocrisy ever.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 12:51pm

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    Are you serious? The hypocrisy of the US government has been pointed out many many times here. Stop being an ass.

     

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    Pixelation, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    Right where they want him.

    "Indeed, the hospitality that Ecuador extends to Assange is withheld from Ecuadorians who may try to emulate his online whistle-blowing tactics."

    I assume their hospitality will end if anything comes out about Ecuador through Wikileaks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Re:

    You need to fix your sarcasm detector.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I saw the sarcasm. Makes no sense. If TD didnt constantly point it out it would be appropriate. Just seemed like another jab comment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    Very funny, considering that Belarus just expelled swedish diplomats and close the embassy just a few days ago.....

    Diplomacy uh?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19176432

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    all countries seem to be acting in much the same way. when a case makes the country look pretty good, it backs the person(s) or reasons concerned. as soon as there is an excuse to back track, that happens. i'm just waiting to see how long before Ecuador changes it's mind either voluntarily or through force. i also expect Assange to never get to Sweden. as soon as he is grabbed from the Ecuador embassy in London, he will be on his way to the USA and wont be heard from again, at least not until he is too old to have any interest in doing anything. more than anything, it shows just how low governments will stoop to get their way, how big a liars they are and the lengths they will go to fabricating evidence. with more and more doing the same thing, country/government cooperation is on the increase. the detrimental affect to the people is oh so obvious though.

     

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    Lord Binky, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

    Governments are only good at ruling other Countries' citizens.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

    To be honest I believe Ecuador is doing this just piss off the US since Rafael Correa is a buddy of Hugo Chavez.

    Ecuador is not known for respecting anything and has one of the most corrupts governments anywhere in Latin America.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    "You keep using that word..."

    Fix your sarcasm generator first.

     

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    blakey, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 1:34pm

    Iceland?

    surely Iceland. What with the crowdsourced Constitution? i really want it to work.(!=sarcasm)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    Re: "You keep using that word..."

    Fix your sarcasm generator first.

    I'm sorry that you have no functional mind.

    I'll sneer at you slowly next time.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:07pm

    Small buffer?

    Maybe Ecuador just has a buffer size of 1 for their queue, and when they pushed Assange on the queue, they had to pop Barankov off? The pains of a small memory size and FIFO ordering.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    benevolent gov't

    Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.

    Uhmm... No, it doesn't. Reasonable governments are like aliens. People say they're out there but I haven't seen any evidence of them.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    benevolent gov't

    Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.

    Uhmm... No, it doesn't. Reasonable governments are like aliens. People say they're out there but I haven't seen any evidence of them.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    benevolent gov't

    Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.

    Uhmm... No, it doesn't. Reasonable governments are like aliens. People say they're out there but I haven't seen any evidence of them.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:13pm

    benevolent gov't

    Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.

    Uhmm... No, it doesn't. Reasonable governments are like aliens. People say they're out there but I haven't seen any evidence of them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:25pm

    Pick a finger.

    I saw the sarcasm.

    No you didn't. Either that or sarcasm is beyond your grasp.

    Makes no sense.

    It makes no sense to you. That's a reflection on you, not the statement.

    If TD didnt constantly point it out it would be appropriate. Just seemed like another jab comment.

    Try thinking next time.

    Oh, and feel free to study the marvels of proper spelling, punctuation and grammar.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    Re: benevolent gov't

    Who is this?

     

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    Simple Mind (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 2:44pm

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    This article isn't about what the US is doing. Your comment is disingenuous because it implies that the author of the article is in some way ignoring the hypocrisy of the US.

    A better, non-flippant, non-trolling comment would be something like the following.

    "The US government was also hypocritical in condemning Russia over Pussy Riot at the same time of going after Assange."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 3:05pm

    Kinda makes you wonder if there are any reasonable governments out there.

    Kinda makes me wonder why the Assange asylum is universally denounced as the sham that it is.

     

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    Laroquod (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The sarcasm made no sense to you because you made a false assumption about the point the comment was trying to make.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 3:29pm

    it's funny how assagage is all against Diplomants, Governments and 'the establishment', except when he needs their help, then he is all lovie dovie, one thing is for sure, he is not going to be supported long term by any S.American countries.

    When it is convienient for Ecuador to asshole assnage, for their own political gains they will not hesitate.. It's what happens when cowards run away to 3rd world countries after burning first world countries (America is not first world BTW)..

    what is a married man with children sleeping with Wikileaks employees even swedish ones ?? assange is a scumbag, you have not worked that out yet ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 3:43pm

    The conviction of President Rafael Correa's critics for criminal defamation violates Ecuador's international human rights obligations and should be overturned on appeal, Human Rights Watch said today. Ecuador should abolish the defamation provisions in its criminal code, Human Rights Watch said.

    http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/07/21/ecuador-blow-free-speech

    Ecuador's move to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum has roused the wrath of the UK. But Ecuador has seen its own share of free speech problems, and the asylum offer could be geared at irking the US.

    hahaha, so Ecuador is just USING Assange for their own political gains and to piss of America.. I wonder if Assange has worked out he is simply a pawn in a much bitter game, that Assange does not even understand !!!! LOL

    pawns are expendible, as Assange will soon work out, when Ecuador decides they cannot gain points out of this, they will just squash him. or hand him over to the yanks for brownie points..

    Stupidist thing Assange could of possibly done,, but when your a desperate coward, ya gotta do what ya gotta do..

    funny but !!!!!!! damn funny..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 3:55pm

    "But Assange, the self-styled champion of free speech, is in for a rude awakening should he successfully escape to Ecuador.



    Out of reach: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in a room at the Ecuadorian Embassy

    Scratch the surface of life in the South American country – as I did this week – and you discover a world of fear under a Left-wing dictator who responds to dissent with an iron fist. "

    Anyone in this country of just 14 million who dares question his leadership is hauled off to jail on trumped-up charges. Corruption is widespread in the government, judiciary and police.


    Most ordinary citizens refuse to even be drawn into the Assange debate for fear of reprisals.




    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190401/Julian-Assange-Welcome-Ecuador-hotbed-corruption-ext ortion-repression-says-WikiLeaks.html#ixzz2486WrEfe

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 4:03pm

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    The Daily Mail... LOL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 4:09pm

    IF assange had any brains (doubtfull) he would walk out of the embassy and give himself up to UK police, say "SORRY, SORRY" and "please send me to Sweden".. I think Assange has been way too smart for his own good, and has put himself in a far worse position than if he had simply attended court in sweden and faced his charges..

    now he just looks like a common criminal running from the law, if he expects fair treatment from Ecuador he is surly in for a huge shock of reality.. the UK, US and Sweden have a far better record in human rights that Ecuador can ever dream of having..

    this has also put in focus Ecuador's history, and record in dealing with 'things'... it's not a good record, and it looks really bad for Ecuador, who should have not got involved with this.
    So now Ecuador will consume Assange for their own political gains (or try too), they do not care about assange, nor do they have a desire to protect him..

    Assange tries to make out how damn smart he is, but he has shown by his actions that he is dumb as shit..

    what comes around, goes around as they say..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 4:24pm

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    the source does not change the facts.....LOL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 4:25pm

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    The source, is in fact, who often changes the facts... LOL2

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 4:40pm

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    nice try, but no prize for second.....LOL3

     

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    One Tom too Many (profile), Aug 20th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    Pure and Simple Anti-Yanqui Trueco

    This merely Correa acting like the ALBA fool that he is in order to hook up his ALBA homeboy HuGorilla Chavestia from Vene-son-malos. That is it! You watch, Correa will give up the Belarussian Blogger in an Ecuadorian palpitación del corazón!

    And the moment that Assange Asylum turns his QWiki-Leaks Humanitarian Jesus Lens focus on Ecuador's issues is the moment he finds out just how THIN-SKINNED RAFA-(d)el (estupido) Correa truly is. Every one of those banana-republic dictators, just like (HU)EVO (Sin) Morales, can't handle the truth being spread about them UNLESS, they can spite the USA some how. HOWEVER, they will change their opinion of CULOssange probably more sooner than later and ASSange will end up getting the Bota de cuero to his culo as they decide he is no longer the cool thing to have in there countries to piss off the USA because he is pissing on them too via QWiki-tweaks.

    Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, we've (USA) done them (LATAM Countries) no favors either so it is kinda expected from them. Anyway, enjoy the CULOssange Telenovela as it plays its course...En vivo!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 8:38pm

    Is this really that much of a surprise? We all know why they're extraditing him...

    He ran out of secrets.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 9:00pm

    Re: Pure and Simple Anti-Yanqui Trueco

    wow, really well said LOL

    +100

    it's so funny, cus it's true...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 10:08pm

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    If Assange goes to Sweden he probably be deported to the US where there are rumors that there is already a secret indictment waiting for him.

    Ecuador may not be a paragon of virtue, but it is friendly to him at the moment, from there he can always go to other places.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2012 @ 11:04pm

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    at the moment is exactly right, that will last about 5 minutes in political time..

    still does not change the fact, the no country (except ecuador) will extradite Assange to the US if the death sentice is on the plate..

    so that line is bullshit, there is no extradition order from the US, and he would not be extradited to the US until he has fronted court in Sweden, but before that he will probably be required to do time in a UK prison for bail jumping..

    he is actually getting himself in far more trouble, and committing more crimes, and he believes ecuador is going to have his back !!!..

    not a change, Ecuador will chew up and stit out Assange when they get sick of him.. (very very soon), then Assange is in REAL TROUBLE, Ecuador will not give a shit about extraditing someone to a country with a death sentince, sweden and the UK, and Australia WILL NOT ALLOW that to occur..

    it's really really stupid of Assange to go this rought, it's going to blow up in his face, and he should of known that to be the case..

    what about the people who put up bail for him in the UK ? they lose their money and savings... assange is screwed..

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:43am

    Re: Re: benevolent gov't

    Angry Fingers.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:44am

    Re: benevolent gov't

    LOL! I was gonna do the same analogy but with dead ppl. You only see them in fiction. But aliens are way better ;)

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:48am

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    Oh but he probably knows all that. By now he knows his life ain't gonna be normal or peaceful again so why not cause a massive international issue even though you'll be fried later? If I were Assange I'd throw as much shit in the fan as I could ;))

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:49am

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    Shuddap or you'll earn a poster of DH in natura. Nudies for every1 ;)

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:51am

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    2 birds with 1 stone, every1 is turning their attention to Ecuador and the rotten parts will surface. I'm not sure if it's unintended. But it's still one epic mess he is causing.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 3:53am

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    Are there unicorns and pink genomes in your world? Are you jealous Ecuadorians will have Assange all for themselves?

    He's in trobule even without this move. He just threw a whole lot of shit in the fan ;)

     

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    bratwurzt (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 5:11am

    Re: Re: "You keep using that word..."

    Yeah and you should include some marks so that sarcasm loses its point.

     

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    bratwurzt (profile), Aug 21st, 2012 @ 5:12am

    Re: Re: Re: "You keep using that word..."

    darnit, I user html styl /sarc marks and it disappeared. Well... my post lost all of sarcasm made on usage of sarcasm. Is that irony?

     

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    Steve, Aug 21st, 2012 @ 5:24am

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    Wow! You sure bit on that one!
    Pretty sure that was sarcasm, if not, well bitten. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2012 @ 6:12am

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    you know what happens when you throw shit in the fan dont you ??

    thats right, it comes back and hits you in the face.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2012 @ 6:17am

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    he will have to server his prison time in the UK before they "let" him go to sweden, and after than who cares ?? he could easily do time in the UK, then be sent to sweden to more time, then be sent to the US and do MORE time.. as all those countries have valid reasons to front him in court for criminal charges..

    he really is a dirtbag and a coward, and not real smart..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2012 @ 8:06am

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    You meant that hypocritically right!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2012 @ 11:57am

    You know, I totally commented in the russian thread about concerning this. Ecuador isn't exactly a 'friendly' government. This entire situation is just everyone playing the shame game. Every government involved is guilty, and all are pointing fingers at eachother. Yay...

     

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    eman, Sep 1st, 2013 @ 3:39am

    DC asylum lawyer

    I am totly agree with that because fact is always fact. LOL

     

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