WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange given Ecuadorian citizenship

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange given Ecuadorian citizenship

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange given Ecuadorian citizenship

Ecuador's foreign minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, said her country was now seeking a "third country or a personality" to mediate a settlement with the United Kingdom to resolve the impasse and said it was "considering and exploring the possibility of mediation".

In 2012 Assange requests, and is later granted political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Although Swedish prosecutors have since dropped the charges, British police remain outside the embassy ready to arrest the WikiLeaks co-founder for breaking his 2012 bail conditions. Hours before Ecuador's announcement, Britain said it had rejected a request by Ecuador to grant Assange diplomatic immunity so that he could leave the embassy.

Assange had also resisted being questioned in Sweden over the rape allegation out of fear that he might be extradited to the US over Wikileaks' exposure of classified documents.

The rape allegations case remains open and active.

"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement, adding that Britain was not in talks with Ecuador about the matter. Ecuador has repeatedly urged Assange not to interfere in the affairs of other countries following his frequent online comments on global issues.

In July 2014 a Swedish court upholds the European arrest warrant against Assange and in November Assange loses an appeal against the arrest warrant.

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He had previously been subject to a nine-year driving ban and had at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified. Annabelle's best friend Brittany Macchetta said the 21-year-old had a passion for travel, art and Harry Potter.

He is still in the embassy, however, as he fears if he leaves he will be extradited to the US.

Assange's newfound citizenship has again escalated tensions with Britain, though it's likely that he'll leverage the status to make a move out of the Ecuadorian embassy once and for all. Since August 2012, the 46-year-old Australian computer programmer was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, expressing concern that if he leaves the embassy he could end up being extradited to the United States, where he fears facing the death penalty, according to CNN.

The United States still wants to prosecute Julian Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917.

December 21, 2017: Ecuador allegedly issue Assange with a passport.

Shortly after that news emerged, Assange, 46, posted a picture of himself on social media, dressed in the nation's colors of Ecuador.

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