The full text in Spanish is here: http://www.mmrree.gob.ec/2012/com042.asp
There will no doubt be a translation soon.
The statement included these comments (jotted down from the simultaneous interpretation and not all verbatim):
13:40 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño Aroca has announced that Julian's request for asylum has been granted.
13:39 There is a risk he will be persecuted. We trust that the UK will offer the nec. guarantees so that both governments can act adequately and properly in respecting international rights and rights of asylum and hope excellent relations between both countries will remain intact.
13:38 US cannot give any info about Assange case. Ecuadorian government will protect Assange and has decided to grant asylum to him as per his request in June 2012 in a written document
13:35 Ecuador made it clear to Sweden, wanted to facilitate an interview. Sweden didn't accept the proposal. Ec requested warranties from Sweden to ensure no extradition to US. Sweden refused to give these.
13:31 there is a right not to be extradited - the protection is there.
13:30 Asylum overrides any other local regulations that are opposed to this. No local law can be used to deny the right to asylum to any person.
13:29 Asylum is a privilege that is fundamental and should be recognised by all states
13:25 Ecuador accepts US would not respect Assange's rights. If he goes to jail in Sweden, fear of extradition to US is real.
13:23 detailing Julian Assange's work and risks to his life posed by extradition risk and that he would not get fair trial and his human rights would be violated
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