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article imageRT Spanish interview with President Correa on Assange (video)

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By Anne Sewell     Feb 19, 2013 in World
Quito - Whilst celebrating his re-election in Ecuador yesterday, President Rafael Correa called for a resolution to the issue of political asylum in that country for Julian Assange. An interview with President Correa gives more details on the situation.
Digital Journal reported on Monday on the call by President Correa for Europe and the UK to resolve the problems over the political asylum of Assange in Ecuador.
Following this, RT's Spanish station interviewed President Correa and asked him for his take on the situation with WikiLeaks founder. The interview is shown in the video above and the following is an English translation:
As for the practical implication of Julian Assange's situation, it is up to Europe to resolve it. The problem will be solved if the UK grants him safe passage.
There hasn't been any intention to disrupt the prosecution process according to the Swedish justice system, in spite of the numerous, misinformed allegations. If they send a prosecutor to Ecuador's embassy in Britain, and record the interrogation on video, which they can do, it would untwist this knot. That is, if they really have to interrogate him.
Julian Assange was never officially presented with charges. If Assange's lawyer, Baltasar Garzón, is lucky at the European Court and achieves a safe passage for Assange, who is staying at the Ecuadorian Embassy, the situation will be finally resolved. It is all now in Europe's hands.
But there is a lot of arrogance involved here, and neocolonialist sentiment too. They would like us to offer explanations as to why we granted him asylum. Why on Earth? There's more, they even want us to backtrack on our decision but we will never do this.
The video continues with an interview with an activist and radio host, Solomon Comissiong, on how anti-US sentiment is growing across South America. He says that Correa's opposition to the White House could keep him in office for quite some time.
In the meantime, Assange remains holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June 2012 after losing his appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on alleged sex charges, which he denies.
Concerned that Sweden might send him on to the USA to face espionage charges, relating to diplomatic cables and other documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which have angered and embarrassed the US government, Assange applied for, and received asylum in Ecuador.
Ecuador offered to allow Swedish officials to interview Assange at their embassy in London, and later even offered to transport him to their Stockholm Embassy for an interview, if this could be done safely under their protection. Stockholm did not respond to either offer.
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