August 23, 2012
What Is Ecuador's Correa Thinking?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Is Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa really saying that we cannot trust the judicial systems in Britain and Sweden? By granting Julian Assange asylum, he has implicitly stated the British judicial process is flawed and that Sweden is a slavish servant of the US government. His argument would seem to be that there is a Western imperialist plot to squash and repress any who challenge the ruling political elite. Love him or loathe him, few who know Latin America would deny that Correa is a very bright man and canny political operator. It thus beggars belief that he thinks Sweden, a country with a long tradition of non-alignment, will bow to US pressure.
TAGGED: Rafael Correa, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Ecuador