Ecuador Grants Asylum to Assange
I guess there is no surprise about this but it certainly qualifies as regional news. All the "usual stuff" can be found in The Washington Post, BBC and such. There are, however, a lot of other sources that seem much more interesting.
- The Latin Mouse that Roared at the British Bulldog gives you a look at this from the Australian end.
- Wikileaks Press Release is a good data point.
- For those who grok Spanish, Ecuador's actual statement is a good read.
- rt.com offered a live feed (with a bad translation to English) of Ecuador's Foreign Minister's statement this morning and lots of other live coverage in London. That coverage is still available now.
It seems the UK is now in somewhat of a mess with its threats. At 1700 (GMT), the Foreign Secretary is scheduled to, um, say something. It just makes me want to go back and re-watch the BBC series "Yes, Prime Minister".
In this particular case, Ecuador has come off as the diplomats. On the other hand, the response to their deplomacy efforts pretty much proved that Assange's request for asylum was justified.
We see relations between Colombia and Ecuador to be very good, Paraguay being tossed out of MERCUSOR because of it's virtual coup, Latin America establishing more direct trade with countries outside the Western Hemisphere, ..., Brazil growing as a manufacturing nation and more. We even see Nicaragua growing economically in spite of economic bad times for its biggest trading partner, the US.
Could this be the beginning of Latin American nations finally being able to make their own decisions?