Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ecuador election could determine Julian Assange's fate

The current election season in Ecuador is resting on very high stakes. The two opponents, left wing candidate Lenin Moreno and conservative Guillermo Lasso are both speaking out on how they would approach the situation regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his current living arrangements in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange, who was detained in England after Sweden issued an arrest warrant over the supposed rape and sexual assault of two women while in Stockholm, has made confidential information much more accessible to the public with the creation of WikiLeaks, which allows classified documents to be put online for the masses to view. He now resides in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on behalf of the South American government and their willingness to grant him political asylum. Moreno has plans to continue what is known as the "Citizens' Revolution" as implemented by the current president. This would essentially bring Ecuador back to a socialist society. Lasso is set on fixing the Ecuadorian economy as it depends on oil exports and prices are at a low. As is seen in the United States, left-wing Moreno sees his right-wing rival as an outdated politician who seeks only to serve the needs of the rich.

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