Assange: I Could Spend 5 More Years in Embassy
Plus: he's writing a song
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, appears with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Sunday, June 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(Newser) – As of tomorrow, Julian Assange will have spent one year in the Ecuadorean embassy in London—and he says he can handle five more, according to Ecuador's foreign minister. A lengthy stay is OK with Ecuador, adds Ricardo Patino. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met with Patino yesterday, but the UK says "no substantive progress" was made. Now, legal experts from both countries are planning to meet, the Guardian reports.

"Our government will not hand Mr. Assange over to the UK government nor to anyone else, and we shall continue to stress that Mr. Assange has the right to benefit from asylum," Patino says. Nor will Ecuador "smuggle Mr Assange out in the boot of a car or through an underground tunnel or something." Still, "We do hope that Mr. Assange is not going to get older and die in our embassy." So how is Assange keeping busy? Well, he's got a song in the works with Calle 13, a Puerto Rican band, the Age reports. Its subject: "The new politics that came about as a result of the Internet and media distortion," he says.

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hydrox7
Jun 19, 2013 12:47 AM CDT
I recommend you watch Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets" and then come back and post your xenophobic drivel. I'm amazed the government hasn't indicted the NYT and the Washington Post--they're the ones that exposed the government's secrets. Assange, Manning and Snowden merely made it possible. But that's just the kind of moral cesspool we've become thanks to our wonderful politicians.
clmsman
Jun 18, 2013 4:50 PM CDT
That picture of him says PUSSY! In the dictionary his picture is next to the definition of pussy and is soon to be replaced by Snowden. These limp wristed Euro trash liberals like this guy are not heros they are cowards and this only reason this guy is hiding is he is accused of rape another cowardly act.
backpath2
Jun 18, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
The man has no spine, no character. He operates in ambush, then runs and hides. If this is an example of heroism, we're in trouble.