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End the War on Terror, Save Billions
Time to phase out wartime powers, says Fareed Zakaria
Shrinking NATO
It's an alliance without a military, says Doug Bandow
Zoning Out in the Middle East
Banning nukes & Israeli double standards, says P. Pillar
 US Mulls Options for Attacking Syria
75,000-man invasion under consideration
US, Russia in Talks on Syria Transition
Clinton: Assad can never be allowed in 'Free Syria'
IAEA: No Evidence at Iranian Site
Claims Iran may have cleaned up alleged evidence
 Al Qaeda Leading Rebellion in Syria
David Enders says Assad on last legs
Kiriakou, Wiebe and Binney
Thomas Hedges on three whistleblowers
US's Role in Congo War
James North on the Rwanda-backed M23
Ecuador Rejects US ‘Punishment’ for Asylum, Calls on Britain to Apologize for Threats
Urges Britain to Allow Safe Passage for Assange
by Jason Ditz, August 22, 2012
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In an interview today with RT Spanish, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino rejected the idea of the US “punishing” his nation for granting Julian Assange asylum, saying that the US is “not Ecuador’s father or teacher to punish us” and that his nation has the same rights as any other.
Patino went on to criticize Britain for Foreign Minister William Hague’s threat to attack the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, urging them to repudiate the threat and apologize. He added that the easiest solution to the standoff would be for Britain to just allow Assange safe passage to Ecuador.
British officials have mostly avoided comment on Assange since the asylum agreement, with Hague vowing only to not allow him to leave the country. Since he could stay in the embassy seemingly for years without a deal in place, the question is unlikely to go away on its own.
Ecuador granted Assange asylum on grounds that if he were extradited to Sweden he might be forwarded to the US to face torture or execution. The US has denied issuing any charges against Assange, but Sweden hasn’t charged him with anything either, and has refused to rule out giving him to the US.
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Highlights
End the War on Terror, Save Billions
Time to phase out wartime powers, says Fareed Zakaria
Shrinking NATO
It's an alliance without a military, says Doug Bandow
Zoning Out in the Middle East
Banning nukes & Israeli double standards, says P. Pillar
Breaking News
US Mulls Options for Attacking Syria
75,000-man invasion under consideration
US, Russia in Talks on Syria Transition
Clinton: Assad can never be allowed in 'Free Syria'
IAEA: No Evidence at Iranian Site
Claims Iran may have cleaned up alleged evidence