The public diplomatic spat between Ecuador and the British government over the granting of asylum to Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange is more about President Rafael Correa exerting power at an opportune time than human rights. Ecuador is looking to raise its influence in Latin America and the president has his eye on re-election in 2013 as the arguments continue over extradition.

THE DIPLOMATIC flap between Britain and Ecuador over Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s asylum in the London embassy is really about President Rafael Correa’s ambitions for power in South America.

He is an ally of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez and is taking the chance t...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
President Correa is taking this opportunity to assert his own role in the group and in Latin American politics, as President Chavez is recovering from another bout of cancer which may force him not to stand for re-election in Venezuela in October 2012
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