Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ecuador confirms its granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Ecuador confirms its granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

She said the request to Britain to accept diplomatic status for Assange was made on December 20, and denied a day later.

"The current government inherited this issue and it's looking for solution alternatives, with full respect of national and global law, as well as human rights.in coordination with the United Kingdom, with which we have the best friendship and cooperation relations".

The foreign office said on Wednesday it turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Mr Assange diplomatic status.

Per The Guardian, Ecuadorian officials made the request in hopes that if Assange was certified as one of their diplomats - reports indicate he already has Ecuadorian citizenship - he could finally leave the embassy without fear of being arrested for violating United Kingdom bail conditions by fleeing there in the first place.

Despite the confirmed citizenship status, Espinosa said that the government continues to work with the U.K.to "explore alternatives and options to resolve the case".

In 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed that Assange's time at the Ecuadorian embassy amounted to arbitrary detention and should therefore be released and compensated.

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

The UK has refused, saying Mr Assange - who has been at the embassy since 2012 - should now leave and "face justice".

'The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to "take down" Mr Assange'.

Assange has spent five and a half years-2,592 days-a prisoner in the embassy, confined to a small space without access to sunlight and fresh air, cut off from his family and friends and deprived of seeing his children grow up.

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The Australian lives in a small office in the Ecuadorian embassy after Quito gave him asylum in 2012 when Sweden was investigating him for sex crimes.

But past year, the Australian, 46, angered Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting support for Catalan separatists.

Two allegations - rape and molestation - are made against him. The Ecuadorean government has since insisted that "nothing has happened". A whole coterie of left liberals and pseudo-left organizations have provided political cover for the state vendetta against Assange, seeking to legitimize the phony sexual misconduct charges against him, while tying him to the claims of Russian "meddling" in the 2016 USA election.

He make a speech, calling for the government to 'drop the witch-hunt against WikiLeaks.

There is no evidence at this point that USA authorities have filed any charges against him, including secret charges, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo past year called WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service".

February 2015 his lawyers petition Sweden's Supreme Court to quash the arrest warrant.

December 2014: Appears on the balcony of the Embassy again to greet Noam Chomsky and John Cusack.

In November 2010, a Swedish prosecutor issues a European arrest warrant for Assange on sexual assault allegations involving two Swedish women.

August 21, 2015: Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson visits the Embassy. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.

The problem for Mr Assange taking up Ecuador's offer of asylum has been getting to the South American country.

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