The Ecuadorean government is applying every possible measure through which it can avert the ‘evil’ of the extradition of Julian Assange in the US. The state has emerged as Assange’s unlikely defender, providing him with diplomatic protection at their embassy in London for the past five weeks.
The WikiLeaks founder sought refuge in the embassy after he failed in his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about alleged sex offences. Lawyers for Assange believe that there are secret plans to extradite him to US to face trial, possibly for conspiracy to commit espionage. If he is found guilty, he could face life imprisonment for up to 40 years.
In order to prevent any such thing from happening officials of Ecuadorean embassy are trying their level best to seek assurances and guarantees from both the UK and Sweden that Assange would not be sent eventually to the US, but had received no answer so far.
In the latest development of events Assange’s mother has also arrived at Ecuador for talks with top government officials and to discuss her son’s application for the seeking asylum in the Latin American state.
It is also important to mention here that Assange’s lawyer, Michael Ratner is convinced that Asaange has been secretly indicted by a grand jury in Washington or face extradition to face prosecution. He is also convinced about the presence of secret plans and said that death penalty is a real possibility.
In case if things did not work for Assange and Ecuador as they intend, the founder of the whistle-blowing website will only have to face the case of sexual molestation and harassment of Swedish women, but his ongoing talk show known as ‘The World Tomorrow’ will also suffer a major blow.
Moreover, his punishment will also halt the efforts and initiatives of any other person who is searching for the truth.