Spain: Assange solution must be reached through dialogue — Moreno in Madrid

SOT, Lenin Moreno, Ecuadorian President (Spanish): «Well, it is a violation of human rights if somebody stays isolated for too long. We have only one concern: I have never agreed with Mr. Assange's activity. I have never agreed with tapping people's private e-mails to obtain information. It does not matter how valuable this information might be to bring light to undesirable events committed by... Еще governments or people. This is not the way. There are proper and legal ways to do it. However, the previous Government ... because it is a problem that we inherited, the previous Government considered that Mr. Assange's life was in danger. There is no death penalty in Ecuador and we know that this possibility existed, that is why we ... The only thing we want is the assurance that his life will not be in danger. We have already talked ... and of course, we are managing this with Mr. Assange's legal counsellors and we are managing this with the British Government, which are the ones that we should manage this issue with.» SOT, Journalist (Spanish): «As a matter of fact, Mr. President, you have been in London recently, did you speak about this issue with the British Government?» SOT, Lenin Moreno, Ecuadorian President (Spanish): «We have talked. We are talking permanently with the British Government, with the Lady Ambassador, who is its representative in Ecuador. The only person I never talked to is Mr. Assange.» SOT, Journalist (Spanish): «Mr. President, if you allow me to pinch you a little bit, but this is a situation that can not be extended eternally, it will need a solution sooner or later, won't it?» SOT, Lenin Moreno, Ecuadorian President (Spanish): «As a matter of fact, yes. As a matter of fact, yes. But this solution must be achieved through dialogue. If we are talking about that, dialogue is the best mechanism for approaching and understanding, we must be the first ones to practice this. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno spoke to reporters about the fate of Wikileaks Julian Assange at the Europa Press Forum in Madrid, Friday. Asked by reporters whether Assange must leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London «sooner or later» Moreno replied «As a matter of fact, yes. But this solution must be achieved through dialogue.» «I have never agreed with Mr. Assange's activity. I have never agreed with tapping people's private e-mails to obtain information. It does not matter how valuable this information might be to bring light to undesirable events committed by governments or people. This is not the way,» continued Moreno. «The only thing we want is the assurance that his life will not be in danger,» said the Ecuadorian President, adding that «we are managing this with Mr. Assange's legal counsellors and we are managing this with the British Government.» Rumours have been growing that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and UK officials have come to an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection for Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder, who is holed up in the embassy, would then be handed over to British authorities.

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