The Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Fernanda Espinosa, confirmed today that the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange remains without internet and that the diplomatic and legal efforts with the United Kingdom are followed to find a solution.
“Currently, she still has no access to social networks and the internet,” the minister said at a meeting today in Quito with a small group of journalists.
Ecuador, which offers asylum to Assange since 2012 at its embassy in London, cut off its Internet connections at the end of March, as a result of political pronouncements that Ecuador considered were damaging to its foreign relations.
Espinosa, who in December granted Ecuadorian nationality to Assange to try to get him out of the United Kingdom with a diplomatic passport, added that all efforts are being made “through the diplomatic channel to resolve their situation and we are doing it in permanent dialogue with the United Kingdom” and with the “teams of lawyers”.
“We are looking for an exit, but that exit has to be framed within the international law of human rights,” the minister recalled.
A few months ago the president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, described Assange as “a stone in the shoe” and said that it was Ecuador’s will to end this situation.
This was also confirmed today by his Foreign Minister, who warned that for his country it remains “fundamental to guarantee the integrity of the protected person.”
“I would say that both countries (Ecuador and the United Kingdom) have the interest and the intention that this be resolved, that an exit be found that allows it to be in a better condition to the citizen Assange. As I say, we must put together several issues for a definitive agreement, “said the Ecuadorian chancellor. (I)