Julian Assange’s decision to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy is not as strange as it seems. In May, Mr Assange interviewed Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, for Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed television channel. Both men laughed and smiled as they shared their anti-US views — in his six years as president, Mr Correa has booted out a US ambassador and a US army base — and also their partial ideas about media freedom. Mr Assange once wanted to censor his own biography. Mr Correa has developed a government media empire, while clamping down on critical independents. Read more
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