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[liberationtech] Is Ecuador the Safe Haven We Want to Believe In?

Eleanor Saitta ella at dymaxion.org
Wed Jun 26 16:14:07 PDT 2013


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On 2013.06.26 18.26, hellekin wrote:
> Ecuador won a huge credibility bump in hackerdom when it offered 
> political asylum to Julian Assange.  That is confirmed with Edward 
> Snowden jumping from HK to Ecuador via the Red Block to evade the 
> Angry Murder of U.S. crows. There is a pattern here: if you leak
> U.S. secrets, you can go to Ecuador. How cool is that?
> 
> Unfortunately, the flip side of the Ecuadorian coin might not be
> as bright as it seems.

I don't think anyone is assuming that Ecuador is a bright and shining
city on a hill when it comes to civil liberties.  What it is is a
tactically and potentially strategically useful jurisdiction for a
specific class of people in some situations.  As with Hong Kong and
Russia, I wouldn't assume that anyone is endorsing it as such.

I mean, if they are, yes, they should go do some reading, but that's
just not germane to the conversation for the most part, unless we're
talking about civil rights in a whole pile of other places as well.

E.

- -- 
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