WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Espinosa said officials were looking for a third country or a prominent worldwide figure to help extricate Assange from the embassy and move him somewhere else.

Assange has remained within the embassy for fear that he will be extradited to the US for prosecution over WikiLeaks if he leaves.

It comes after Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday that it had rejected Ecuador's request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, which would give him immunity from arrest.

Espinosa said that in December, the Ecuadorian government requested diplomatic status for Assange, pointing out that his Ecuadorian naturalization reinforces his status as "protected".

Julian Assange looks set to end his five-and-half-year stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London as it looks for a "third country or a personality" to assist in his settlement in the UK.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last April that Assange's arrest remains "a priority", adding, "Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail".

Assange recently tweeted a photo with no comment, but it showed him wearing an Ecuadorian football jersey, apparently indicating his allegiance to the country that he is now a citizen of.

The minister said other ways of solving the impasse are being explored, in dialogue with the United Kingdom, as a possible mediation "that can facilitate a just, definitive and dignified solution for all the parties involved, within the framework of worldwide law".




A United Nations panel has said that Assange had been "arbitrarily detained" and should be able to claim compensation from Britain and Sweden.

A statement by Assange's legal team said: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language".

Quito is believed to want Assange to travel to Ecuador.

Assange also points out that he has no limitations under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), under which Ecuador granted him asylum. However, he still finds himself facing many legal battles should he walk out of the embassy.

August 13, 2015: Swedish prosecutors drop some of the allegations against Julian Assange.

Ecuador's left-wing president Lenin Moreno, who took office in May, has been less friendly towards Assange than his predecessor Rafael Correa.

The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the worldwide working class.

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