Rice University diplomacy and cyberspace expert available to comment on Assange asylum announcement

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Jeff Falk
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Rice University diplomacy and cyberspace expert available to comment on Assange asylum announcement
Bronk: WikiLeaks activities are given an endorsement it has not yet had 

HOUSTON — (Aug. 16, 2012) – Making headlines this morning is the news that Ecuador is granting political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the past two months awaiting the decision.

Christopher Bronk, a fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. State Department diplomat who has worked in Latin America and specializes in cybersecurity issues, is available to comment on this development.

Bronk said the government of Ecuador’s decision to allow entry to Assange complicates the matter of his extradition from Great Britain to Sweden to answer to sex crime charges there. “Ecuador’s position creates a diplomatic tension on the WikiLeaks matter,” Bronk said. “By having a nation-state’s backing, WikiLeaks’ activities are given an endorsement it has not yet had.”

Bronk added, “Also, there is the sticky issue of how Ecuador proposes to transport Assange from Great Britain as he is technically a fugitive there and has violated his bond.”

To schedule an interview with Bronk, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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Bronk bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/cbronk

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