The world woke up to the shocking news, when it emerged that Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was arrested after spending seven years in exile in the Ecuadoran embassy in the United Kingdom. Initial reports stated that Assange violated some international treaties.
While espousing the country’s generosity when it comes to granting asylum, Ecuadoran President, Lenín Moreno, in a video said, “Today I announce the discourteous and aggressive behaviour of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador and especially the transgression of international treaties have led the situation to a point, where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”
He added, “Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012. For six years and 10 months, the Ecuadoran people have protected the human rights of Mr Assange and have provided for his everyday needs at the facilities of our Embassy in London.”
He stated that Ecuador had fulfilled its obligations under the guidelines set by international laws, whereas Assange did not stick to his end of the bargain. He was asked, repeatedly not to intervene in the internal matters of other states and he violated the norms.
However, Wikileaks presented a different narrative of the situation. In its liveblog, 150 Delegates of 38 countries of the 5 continents, strongly condemned Assange’s arrest. A portion of the statement issued by the delegates says, “The voices of the Continent repudiate, once again, the Intention of the Ecuadorian government to end the Asylum granted to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Yesterday, in Mexico, the participants of the XXIII International Seminar “The Parties and a New Society”, expressed their strongest condemnation at the attempt to surrender the Founder of WikiLeaks to the Police authorities of the United Kingdom.”
Ecuador decidió soberanamente retirar el asilo diplomático a Julian Assange por violar reiteradamente convenciones internacionales y protocolo de convivencia. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/V02pvvtPY0
— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019
Wikileaks has also opened its channel for donations stating that while people were free to donate through mastercard, bank transfers, concerned citizens could also donate through cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and ZCash. The address for the Bitcoin wallet was 39o6E2qascmB5rNwFtJU6ug5PXZx5K2ED3 known as Courage-Wikileaks and the address for the ZCash wallet was t1WLeAK9npDSRg7SAM5DMJSeYk45aCvpcdX (transparent address) and zccZa7MrxtwYY7zZ1vEph1eRDagDcN3tE67kHYadujvQbnBA4DtsMKLH6KhXoU4FLGCxz7gdFEUrcsEjXoAafgsMT1L1TVZ (shielded address).
While the two narratives are confusing, the least that can be said is, it is upto the readers to draw their own conclusions.
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