Anita Isaacs, The New York Times | August 20, 2012
Ecuadorian President Correa's decision to grant Julian Assange asylum has nothing to do with freedom of the press or Britain and everything to do with regional politics in the Western Hemisphere. ++ After expelling the US ambassador to Ecuador for accusing Correa of intended corruption, he sees this as an opportunity to get even. ++ With the declining health of Chavez, Correa sees a potential opening in Latin America for leftist, populist, and nationalist opposition to the US. ++ He is using Assange's misfortune to put Ecuador in the limelight.