Thank Ecuador. Shame UK.

Over 14,000 of you asked Ecuador to grant asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.  That nation's embassy in Washington publicly and favorably acknowleged your support, and Ecuador's government has granted asylum.

The UK has threatened to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange is now.  This would violate an inviolable international standard. The BBC reported that Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, "said the UK would not allow Mr. Assange safe passage out of the country."

We don't know the facts behind the sexual assault accusations against Assange and can take no position on them.  We take sexual assault seriously.  But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from the United States, not Sweden.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offered to go to Sweden -- if Sweden would not extradite him to the United States on "espionage" charges -- and Sweden refused.  Assange has not been charged with any crime in any country. Persecution for acts of journalism must be prevented, and you are doing your part.  Ecuador deserves the world's thanks, and the UK our outrage.

President Rafael Correa

Embassy of Ecuador
1050 30th Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Prime Minister David Cameron

British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC