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21 June 2012                06:12 ET

Ecuador is examining the asylum case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the country’s president has said.

Rafael Correa said Ecuador would make a “sovereign decision” after examining what danger there was to his life.

But he said his country would need to be cautious over the matter.

Mr Assange is at the country’s London embassy, where he is seeking diplomatic asylum to prevent him being sent to Sweden to answer accusations of rape and assault, which he denies.

Ecuador’s government has said it will make a decision on Mr Assange shortly.

Police say he faces arrest in the UK for breaching his bail conditions.

Mr Assange, 40, whose conditions include staying at his bail address between 22:00 and 08:00 BST, spent a second night at the embassy on Wednesday.

Death penalty

His website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses.

Mr Assange fears if he is sent to Sweden it could lead to him being sent to the United States to face charges over Wikileaks, for which he could face the death penalty.

Speaking to BBC Mundo, the Ecuadorean president said: “Ecuador defends the right to live and we will have to check if there is danger of death [for Mr Assange].”

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correra says they are looking seriously and responsibly at the request

He said that for some of the crimes Mr Assange has been accused of, he could face capital punishment if ever sent to the US.

Mr Correa added: “If there has been a breach of law [by Julian Assange], he should be prosecuted.

“But we have to be cautious in case they are making things up for an improper prosecution. We must analyse all that.”

Last Thursday, seven judges at the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed Mr Assange’s attempt to reopen his extradition appeal as being “without merit”.

Two female ex-Wikileaks volunteers alleged in 2010 that he had attacked them while he was in Stockholm to give a lecture. No charges have been filed.

Mr Assange claims the sex was consensual and that the allegations are politically motivated.

The Australian has until 28 June to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. His lawyer, Dinah Rose QC, said he was considering whether to do this.

Swedish authorities have said the ECHR would intervene if Mr Assange was to face the prospect of “inhuman or degrading treatment or an unfair trial” in the US.

Bail money

As part of Mr Assange’s bail conditions, securities totalling £200,000 were lodged at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

A further £40,000 put up as sureties are thought to have been provided by socialite Jemima Khan and film director Ken Loach, who each offered £20,000.

Lawyers say bail would be forfeited only if Mr Assange failed to turn up for a scheduled court appearance.

On Wednesday, Ecuador – whose president has previously clashed with Washington and is a fan of Wikileaks – said it would consult the UK, Sweden and the US before deciding on Mr Assange’s asylum request.

UK government representatives met the Ecuadorian Ambassador Anna Alban at the Foreign Office on Wednesday for talks Ms Alban described as “cordial and constructive”.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18529726

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Rafael Correa was born on April 6th, 1963 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Correa

April 6th, 1963

4 + 6 +1+9+6+3 = 29 = his life lesson = Teamwork.  Cooperation.

Three of Wands Tarot card

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April 6th, 1963

April 6th

4 + 6 +2+0+1+2 = 15 = his personal year (from April 6th, 2012 to April 5th, 2013) = Inhuman or degrading treatment.

15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = his personal month (from June 6th, 2012 to July 5th, 2012) = Seeing the big picture.  On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 21 (21st of the month on Thursday June 21st, 2012) = 42 = his personal day = Relationships.  Mr Assange claims the sex was consensual.

Two of Cups Tarot card

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (R) embraces Ecuadorean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patino
7 May 2011 Last updated at 23:57 ET
 

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has won a referendum on a wide range of reforms, according to the country’s National Election Council.

An early count showed voters had backed him on all 10 referendum questions, which ranged from banning bullfighting to judicial and media reform.

Opposition politicians say the reforms are an attempt by President Correa to increase his power.

Analysts say that the results will be a boost to Mr Correa.

The national election council said its first “quick” sample count showed the president was ahead on all 10 questions by a range of 51-57% in what has been seen as essentially a vote of confidence on the 48-year-old leader who has governed since 2007.

President Correa declared victory after two separate polls indicated a large margin of voters had voted in favour of the reforms.

“Today, we made an important step toward peace, democracy and a new motherland,” he said after the first results came out.

“The truth and the Ecuadorean people have been the winners in this.”

Opposition politicians had argued that some of the more controversial proposals, such as giving the president more of a say over judicial appointments, constituted a power grab.

While casting his vote, President Correa dismissed the opposition’s concerns.

“They’ve been saying it’s totalitarian… [a word] used for a state in which things are done by force. We’re doing this democratically,” he said.

Analysts say that an overwhelming yes vote would improve President Correa’s standing ahead of presidential elections in 2013, for which he could stand for a third time.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13325112

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The brother and opponent of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa appealed for a tolerant attitude rather than a hard line against political foes after the government’s apparent comfortable victory in a referendum.

Correa already has been cast as an autocrat by opponents after four years as president but Saturday’s vote looked set to endorse 10 reforms giving the executive greater control over the judiciary and media.

“They didn’t thrash us as they said, by four to one,” older brother Fabricio Correa told Reuters. “The goal was always to tell the president ‘You have to be tolerant, you have to listen … to those of us who think differently.'”

Initial results showed the president ahead in all of the referendum’s questions by between 51 and 57 percent.

“It’s indisputable he won,” Fabricio said.

Previously close political allies, the brothers parted ways in 2009 when Fabricio was fingered in corruption accusations involving state contracts.

They may now run against each other in a presidential election due for 2013 in the Andean OPEC member nation. But Fabricio said it was important to bring politics back from its polarized state.

“We’re not your enemy. We love you, even though you insult us,” he said of his brother.

Despite such words, Correa’s opponents, including Fabricio, portrayed the referendum during the campaign as a crude ruse by the president to win more power for the executive.

A wealthy businessman, Fabricio won media prominence during the campaign with a video dubbed “This time no, bro’.”

“Now that you’re president, you control the field, you control the ball. It wouldn’t be good if you controlled the judges. You ought to play clean,” he said in the video, wearing a soccer goalkeeper’s outfit.

Like his ally Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, Correa is a fervent critic of U.S. “imperialism” and tries to maximize state revenues from energy and mineral resources to boost social projects. That has helped keep Correa popular.

“We don’t deny that Rafael has made some right moves regarding social spending,” Fabricio said. “But there’s a lot of corruption and inefficiency.”

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/08/us-ecuador-referendum-fabricio-idUSTRE74708Y20110508

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Rafael Correa was born on April 6th, 1963 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Correa

April 6th, 1963

April 6th

4 + 6 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = his personal year (from April 6th, 2011 to April 5th, 2012) = Tolerance.

14 year + 5 (May) = 19 = his personal month (from May 6th, 2011 to June 5th, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.

19 month + 7 (7th of the month on Saturday May 7th, 2011) = 26 = his personal day = In the news.

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