The NSA Case's Secret Story: Turmoil in South America

Assange’s reaction was to write a letter to Foreign Minister Patiño, his advisor José María Guijarro and to Alvarado himself.

In the letter, Assange apologized for causing “inconveniences for Ecuador,” but immediately went on to propose a strategy revealing to what degree, in fact, he was involved in all the details of the handling of the Snowden case.

For example, he mentioned the convenience of having the Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs publish a “complete and detailed” report on the case with the purpose of “smoothing things over and relieving diplomatic and legal tension between the involved governments.”

He also proposed that Snowden be legally represented by attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-governmental organization based in New York which represents Bradley Manning, the soldier responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of United States secret documents through Wikileaks.

“This would give Snowden a respected American voice, which we believe would help his and Ecuador’s reputation in the United States, and more widely in the English-speaking sphere,” wrote the Wikileaks founder.

Finally, Assange suggested that Ecuador’s public communications should be assigned to bilingual journalists who would act as spokespersons, among them Jorge Gestoso and Eva Golinger, or to Central American attorney Renata Avila.

After Univision’s report, the Ecuadorian ambassador to the United States, Nathalie Cely, sent a communication both to Correa and to Alvarado revealing her suspicion that the Wikileaks founder was behind the leaking of the safe-conduct document and internal communications from high-ranking officials in the Ecuadorian government.

“I think he is leaking all of this,” she wrote in a message on Thursday the 27th, titled Suspicion Assange.

High tension

The reports generated reaction from the Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs and revealed the discontent that exists regarding the handling of foreign policy.

Foreign Minister Patiño Aroca called Félix Narváez back to Quito to explain his version of the facts. Aware of what was happening with the Consul, the Ecuadorian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ana Albán, also requested going to the Ecuadorian capital to present her own version, in a message sent directly to President Correa on Thursday, June 27.

“Fidel has been called back to Quito by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to give his version of the facts, I think it would be appropriate for me to travel there as well,” said Albán to Correa.

Albán’s position revealed that Ambassador Cely was not the only critical voice regarding Assange’s role in the Snowden case. In an upset tone, Albán asked that they listen to her “perception of what will happen in the near future with regard to our first guest,” referring to Assange.

“I would like you to consider that both in this case (Snowden) and in the first one (Assange), I have never been asked for my opinion, I have only been told how to proceed. So it is necessary to point out that any success or failure of the negotiations that have been held so far with the United Kingdom are the responsibility of my superiors and their advisors, who from a distance have established the rules for handling the issue,” stated Albán referring to Foreign Minister Patiño and his Spanish advisor, Guijarro.

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