WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian nationality

12 January, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Tuesday that her country is searching for a "third country or a personality" to mediate a solution to the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Mr Assange, 46, breached bail conditions when he sought political refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy, while facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

The UK has turned down a request from Ecuador to grant diplomatic status to Julian Assange - as a means of breaking a longstanding deadlock over his fate.

Reuters reported it had found an entry for "Julian Paul Assange" in Ecuador's civilian registry.

"What naturalisation does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection", Espinosa said.

Not only is it hard having a permanent asylum seeker in the very small embassy, it leaves Ecuador with tricky diplomatic relations with all the other countries involved - the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Sweden.

He was also a point of contention in Ecuador's 2017 presidential election.


The Ecuadorian government has become entirely fed up with the dispute over Assange's status as it's dragged on, calling the dispute "untenable". The WikiLeaks chief believes that the USA government is seeking his extradition and prosecution.

Ecuador asks London to recognize Assange as a diplomat, which would give him immunity from arrest.

Any mediated deal between Ecuador and the United Kingdom would likely have to address Mr Assange's concerns. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.

Assange, who denies the rape allegations, fears that if he is arrested he will be handed over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in one of the largest information leaks in USA history.

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics.

This sparks speculation that Assange is about to end his self-imposed exile.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a reporter's question in April about whether arresting Assange was a priority, said it was. Moreno issued a public demand that Assange not interfere in the politics of "nations that are our friends".

Recommended:



Popular

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt 'has life support turned off'
We'd always have a laugh. "They are together and always will be", he said. "Rest in Peace Jess, you will be missed so very much". The devastating crash killed her sister Annabelle, 21, and parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, along with Whitall.

"All Signs Point to Matt Patricia" - Pat Leonard on Giants' Search
On Wednesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported "all signs are pointing to" Patricia as the Giants' next head coach. If Patricia does go to the Giants , watch out for Texans assistant and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel in Detroit.

Serena Williams Talks Medical Ordeal Following Daughter's Birth
Now, six days after giving birth, Williams had to have a filter inserted in a vein to make sure no more clots broke off and made way to her lungs.

Jain, Abel appointments a move toward succession at Berkshire Hathaway: Warren Buffett
Abel, who leads Berkshire Hathaway's utility unit, will now oversee all of the conglomerate's non-insurance business operations. But on the stock market today , Berkshire's "B" shares traded 0.1% lower on the news, near 203.

Bitcoin Rises as Ripple's Attract Fades for Manic Crypto Merchants
Analysts suggested the move would further contribute to wider market acceptance of the virtual currency. The year 2017 may forever be known on Wall Street as the year of bitcoin.

John Dickerson replaces Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'
He had been political director for CBS News since 2011, and an on-air political analyst for CBS News since 2009. In 2015, he was named host of " Face the Nation ", succeeding its legendary host and anchor, Bob Schieffer.

President Trump plans to attend Davos gathering
Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House to depart by Marine One, in Washington, DC, USA, 16 June 2017. Sanders said that Trump would defend his agenda while participating in the forum of global elites.

Overwatch League skins are now available for every character
The core addition of the patch is an entirely new menu accessed via the Overwatch League button on the main screen. The two-year deal will see the entirety of the first two seasons broadcast across the world, except China.

Suspects in death of 4-year-old MI girl captured in Georgia
The police have appealed to any member of the public with information as to the whereabouts of Diaz and Fields to come forward. A GoFundMe page initially set up to help her family bury her has since been removed , but a second one has been established.

Alligators get a nose up on icy conditions
The reptiles will then drop down to the bottom of a body of water, where they can hold their breath for up to 24 hours. You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the people at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County.