Ecuador Says Latest Attempt to End Assange Impasse Has Failed

Ecuador Says Latest Attempt to End Assange Impasse Has Failed

The foreign ministers said that her government tried to obtain diplomatic status for the Wikileaks founder within the United Kingdom on December 20, but that the British government immediately denied the asylum seeker such status.

Earlier in the week Mr Assange posted a picture of himself in an Ecuadorean football shirt, fuelling rumours that he had been issued an Ecuadorean passport.

"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the spokesperson added.

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".

Mr Assange faces arrest for breaking his bail conditions if he leaves Ecuador's London embassy, where he has resided since 2012, claiming asylum.

"Safe passage [could] be granted for him to go to Ecuador where he would continue to enjoy diplomatic asylum and protection", Professor Don Rothwell said.

Ms Espinosa said they had granted the naturalisation while they look for ways to resolve his situation and were seeking a "dignified" solution to his situation with Britain.

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WikiLeaks is an worldwide non-profit journalistic organisation that publishes secret information, news leaks and classified media from anonymous sources.

A United Nations panel concluded in 2016 that Mr Assange was under arbitrary detention.

July 2014: Assange, 46, loses his appeal to have the Sweden arrest warrant thrown out.

October 12, 2015: Metropolitan Police end the 24-hour guard at the Embassy.

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

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a reporter's question in April about whether arresting Assange was a priority, said it was.

June 19, 2017: Assange cancels a "special announcement" he had planned for the fifth anniversary of his stay at the Embassy. Assange and his website have also leaked information from Guantanamo Bay, private emails belonging to 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and emails from the Democratic National Committee.

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