Assemblywoman Paola Vintimilla (PSC) said the Foreign Ministry sent a letter on October 10 to the Presidency of the Assembly in which it reports on the naturalization of Julian Assange, who has political asylum in the embassy of Ecuador in London, is not of reserved nature.
Yesterday, October 16, 2018, a session of the Plenary of the Assembly was convened to discuss whether such documentation should continue as reserved. However, Vintimilla explained that today, one hour before the session, she received the communication from the Foreign Ministry, so she had to withdraw her legislative motion.
“After the information about Assange was considered by former Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa as confidential, in a letter sent on February 14, 2018, now, overnight, the documents are public access.”
The international analyst and career diplomat with license, Eduardo Durán, said yesterday that it is possible that there is some flaw in the procedure carried out by Espinosa that allowed the current chancellor, José Valencia, to declassify this information. Although Vintimilla withdrew the motion for a resolution presented two weeks ago to make public the information about Assange, the president in charge Viviana Bonilla (exAP), gave way to a debate in which the disagreements between party legislators surfaced again of opposition, the ruling party and the correístas.
From the bench of Alianza País, the coordinator of the Ximena Peña block said that she was happy that Vintimilla had withdrawn its resolution proposal. From the National Integration Block, the coordinator René Yandún demanded that “tell the truth to the country” about the Assange case. “Assange is Ecuadorian? Is he isolated?“ The socialist Silvia Salgado, however, considered that the Australian has an “overprotection” that cautions its integrity.
Correístas like Juan Cárdenas and Gabriela Rivadeneira, in their speeches, pointed out that Assange’s integrity is at risk due to the revelations he made in WikiLeaks and that they compromise the interests of the world’s leading power.
The Christian Socialist Cristina Reyes said that it is an “affront” the versions of Assange, through his lawyers, plan to follow a judicial process against Chancellor José Valencia. Maria Mercedes Cuesta added, who remarked that “Assange lives off our money” to be a refugee for six years at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. (I)