(TeleSUR) – The Foreign Ministry of Ecuador said Tuesday that the government had temporarily restricted Julian Assange’s access to the communication system in its embassy in the U.K. in order to not interfere in the electoral process in the U.S.
According to the Foreign Ministry, “The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries, it does not interfere in the electoral processes in progress or support any candidate in particular.”
The Foreign Ministry said WikiLeaks has published documents that have impacted the U.S. election campaign, and that this decision is the organization’s own responsibility.
Ecuador emphasized its decision to give asylum to Assange on the basis of his legitimate fear of political persecution “due to his journalistic activities as editor of WikiLeaks, and will continue to defend his physical integrity until he is able to reach a safe place.”
According to the ministry, the decision to restrict his access does not impede WikiLeaks from continuing its journalistic activities. Ecuador also said this decision was not made following pressures by any state.
Translation of Official Communique:
“Ecuador granted political asylum to Julian Assange in 2012 based on his legitimate fears of political persecution due to his journalistic activities as the editor of WikiLeaks.
In recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a large amount of documents, that have impacted the U.S. election campaign. This decision was taken exclusively by the WikiLeaks organization.
The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries, it does not interfere in the electoral processes in progress or support any candidate in particular.
Accordingly, Ecuador, exercising its sovereign rights, has temporarily restricted access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom.
This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.
Ecuador, in accordance with its tradition of defending Human Rights, especially victims of political persecution, reaffirms the asylum granted to Julian Assange and reiterates its intention to safeguard his life and his physical integrity until he is able to reach a safe place.
Ecuador’s foreign policy responds to sovereign decisions alone and does not yield to pressure from other states.”
This report was originally prepared for and appeared on TeleSUR English.