Wikileaks founder Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London this morning, his future still in question after being granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador yesterday.
Government officials in Ecuador said they were concerned that Assange could be sent to the United States to face charges for leaking sensitive documents.
Protesters gathered outside the embassy, where Assange took refuge exactly two months ago, as British authorities made it clear that they do not intend to let the Wikileaks founder leave the country.
John Negroponte, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and chairman of the Council of Americas, joins Starting Point today to weigh in on why the Ecuadorian government made the decision to grant Assad asylum.
"I think in part President Correa is trying to cover up for the inadequacies of his own country's political system and the mistreatment of the Ecuadorian press in the name of press freedom in the outside world," Negroponte explains. "I think that perhaps Mr. Correra aspires to take the mantle of Hugo Chavez and I'm very concerned for the long term relationship between the U.S. and Ecuador."