• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
News > Latin America

UN Official Praises Moreno While Assange Remains Gagged

  • UN Official Praises Moreno While Assange Remains Gagged.

    UN Official Praises Moreno While Assange Remains Gagged. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 October 2018

Ecuadorean President applauded by United Nations for promoting "Freedom of Speech," yet Whistleblower Julian Assange has had his rights taken away from him by the same man.

Julian Assange last March had his right to free speech taken away from him by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who cited, "breach of a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states."

WikiLeaks Celebrates 12th Anniversary

And while Assange may not associate 'free speech' with 'Moreno,' the United Nations certainly have, today praising the Ecuadorean leader for freedom of speech, and for, "urging strong promotion for independent journalism and the safety of journalists."

While the UN's Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, was the one delivering the plaudits for Moreno and his cabinet, Wikileaks' official Twitter page claimed Kaye's compliments were all part of an agenda to exact a measure of revenge of Assange.

This is because it was Assange who had revealed documents of Kaye's classified cables, which showed him collecting information on the U.S.' political intelligence, as well as attempting to influence the ICTY, ICC, ICTR, etc. when he was a State Department Officer during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush regimes.

As well they may have a point, with Kaye - perhaps ironically, approving Moreno's mandate to, "developing strong whistleblower protections for both public officials, and private employees; and [implementing] several steps to improve the rights of people in Ecuador."

Moreno invited Kaye to Ecuador to meet government officials, journalists, academics, and civil society groups, and show the official the latest with regards to the country's "ongoing legal and policy changes."

Meanwhile, Assange - granted Ecuadorean citizenship by Moreno predecessor Rafael Correa in 2012, has only the four walls surrounding him as 'protection' from his probable incarceration, and end to freedom.    


Post with no comments.