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Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Julian Assange standoff: Foreign minister

12 January 2018

"What naturalisation does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection", she told reporters in Quito. Assange, who has been sheltered in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 19, 2012 when he was granted political asylum, began the application in September.

The British government has rejected an application from Ecuador to grant a diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder. He added that, as the South American authorities know, the only way for Assange to resolve is to leave the embassy and face the court.

The investigation was later dropped, but Assange had refused to leave the country. But the British government has maintained he must face justice in United Kingdom courts over his breach of bail conditions.

On Tuesday María Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador's foreign minister, said that she would seek a "third country or a personality" to help to end the...

Assange had hinted Wednesday that something was afoot when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuadoran soccer jersey, and Reuters reported that his name had been recorded in a civil registry of Ecuadoran citizens.

The 46-year-old Australian still fears being sent to the United States to face charges over WikiLeaks' release of secret USA government documents.

Despite Trump's campaign rhetoric about his "love" for WikiLeaks after it released internal emails of the Democratic National Committee exposing its corrupt bid to rig the presidential nomination process to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton, administration officials have since made clear that Assange remains Washington's "public enemy number one".

Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President
Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

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

Assange has compared living inside the embassy - a gardenless apartment in London's plush Knightsbridge district, opposite Harrods department store - to life on a space station.

Assange is committed to not "intervening in issues non-related with his asylum condition", as requested by Ecuadorian government, the statement continued. Assange could travel on his own existing passport to a country without any extradition agreement with the USA if he left the embassy in London, or at least it looks that way at the moment.

The anti-secrecy group's chief has been based at the Ecuador embassy in central London since 2012 after he lost appeals against sexual assault charges in Sweden.

Assange has remained within the embassy for fear that he will be extradited to the USA for prosecution over WikiLeaks if he leaves. It would have enabled him to walk out of the embassy without fear of arrest.

He also said that the risk of Assange being prosecuted in the US has increased "in recent months under the Trump administration's war on WikiLeaks".

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Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Julian Assange standoff: Foreign minister