Aug. 19 - Ecuador's South American and left-leaning Latin allies rally against Great Britain's threat to raid its London Embassy and take custody of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Jessica Gray reports.
In just a few hours, embattled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is expected to make his first public appearance here at Ecuador's London Embassy since being granted political asylum last week. His quest to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault, has set off a heated international row between Britain and Ecuador. On Sunday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa met with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. He told members that Britain's threat to void Ecuador's diplomatic immunity and raid its London embassy set a dangerous precedent from colonial times and could not be allowed. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also joined the rhetorical fray. At a re-election campaign event, he told supporters Britain would encroach on Ecuador's sovereignty, should it go through with its threat to extradite Assage at any cost. The Wikileaks head says the charges are politically motivated. He believes Sweden will eventually send him to the U.S., where authorities are likely to prosecute him for publishing top secret military and diplomatic documents on the internet.