The diplomatic fight over WikiLeaks head Julian Assange escalated Friday night when the President of Ecuador warned Great Britain that any attempt to storm its embassy in London would destroy relations between the two countries and be a declaration of war.
President Rafael Correa used his weekly address to the nation to deliver his strongest warning to the U.K. yet, describing England’s stance as “grotesque” and “intolerant.”
He said if British police “violated Ecuador’s diplomatic mission” in London it would destroy ties between the two countries.
Correa stated: “The United Kingdom threat would be breaking the law and encroaching on our embassy. I don’t know who they think I am or what they think our government is. But how could they expect us to yield to their threats or cower before them? My friends, they don’t know who they are dealing with.”
Ecuador’s people are known to generally have an anti-colonial attitude against the U.K.
Assange, who has been trapped in the embassy for almost two months, read a speech from the embassy Saturday denouncing the U.K. and U.S. governments for attempting to stop him and his co-workers from releasing secret, classified information about politicians, celebrities, 9/11, matters of war and UFO files.
He called for Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who released hundreds-of-thousands of government cables and war videos to WikiLeaks, to be released from the jail he has been held in since July 2010.
Assange faces immediate arrest by over 40 British cops if he steps outside the property.
The U.K. government and cops fighting him has cost the taxpayers over £1 million over the past two years for legal, policing and court costs while he was fighting extradition to Sweden.
U.K. leaders are adamant the WikiLeaks founder should be extradited so he can answer sex charges, which he denies and many supporters believe were concocted to stop him from releasing more classified information.
However, Assange and his supporters claim he should be allowed safe passage to Ecuador because its government has already granted him political asylum.
He fears that if he is forced to return to Sweden, he will later be extradited to the United States, where his life could be in danger.
Last week, U.K. Ministers threatened to strip the embassy of its diplomatic status so police could storm it and arrest Assange. Sources to the Daily Mail believe the chances of that situation happening have diminished but insist Assange will be arrested if he leaves the building.
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