WikiLeaks' Assange Seeks Asylum in Ecuadorean Embassy
Numerous headlines today shout that Australian Julian Assange is seeking asylum in Ecuador, but let’s be clear: five days after losing his final court bid to halt his scheduled extradition to Sweden for questioning in connection with two rape and sexual assault allegations, the WikiLeaks founder is in London, asking for protection under the UN human rights declaration at the Ecuadorean embassy.
A question persists: why Ecuador?
Last month, Mr Assange interviewed Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa for The Julian Assange Show on the Russia Today TV channel during his 500 days of house arrest in England. The president, who was taken hostage in an attempted coup d’etat in 2010, blames the attempt on ‘corrupt media’ and praised WikiLeaks “for exposing that "in a shameless way, the [Ecuadorean] media did not publish those cables or news which affected them."
“We have nothing to hide. If anything, the WikiLeaks [releases] have made us stronger,” President Correa said.
Therefore, Mr Assange wrote to President Correa, explaining that he was being persecuted, could not remain in the UK, and certainly could not return to his native Australia. According to the UK Guardian, he argued that "the authorities in his country will not defend his minimum guarantees in front of any government or ignore the obligation to protect a politically persecuted citizen".
Until a decision is reached, the Guardian reported that Mr Assange is welcome at the embassy:
"As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito.
"While the department assesses Mr Assange's application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government.
"The decision to consider Mr Assange's application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden."
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.