Ecuador may appeal to International Court of Justice over Assange
MOSCOW, Ocotber 9 (RAPSI) – Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño does not rule out the possibility of appealing to the International Court of Justice in Hague over a situation concerning Julian Assange, who has been hiding out in an Ecuadorian embassy in London for over a year, Prensa Latina reports on Wednesday.
In July it was disclosed that a bug was discovered at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Patino claims that it belonged to the British Surveillance Group Limited, which specializes in surveillance and spy craft. Patino then declare an intention to seek help from the UK authorities in investigating the incident.
Julian Assange established Wikileaks in 2006. The site publishes confidential documents and images and made headlines in late November 2010 when it released top secret US diplomatic documents. In December, MasterCard, PayPal and Visa stopped accepting donations for Wikileaks, allegedly because it was involved in illegal activity.
On December 7, 2010, Assange was first detained in the UK after Sweden issued an international arrest warrant over allegations of sexual offenses, but was subsequently released on bail. In June 2012 he lost his appeal against the arrest warrant at the UK Supreme Court and then sought refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.
Assange has denied the charges and believes that Sweden would turn him over to the US for leaking classified documents through Wikileaks, a crime punishable by death.