“A life in Ecuador - these are friendly, generous people - is much better than a life behind bars in the United States … under Guantanamo Bay-like restrictions which they routinely apply to people accused of espionage. You can’t speak, can’t communicate, because I might communicate some password or something. And this is a routine matter that is applied in these sorts of circumstances.
[Ecuador’s] free speech issues are certainly no worse than the ones in the UK - and this is a country with hundreds of secret gag orders, so let’s keep things in perspective. But I would enjoy campaigning for the rights of journalists in Ecuador.
There’s been a lot of tussles between the US and Ecuador, which is one of the reasons why Ecuador, I presume, would be happy to grant me asylum because they understand the difficulties when you square off with the United States.” - Julian Assange in his first interview from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Listen to the interview here.
Read the transcript here.