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Assange Granted Ecuador Citizenship to Secure 'Human Rights'
12 January 2018, 12:34 | Sherry Padilla
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange | AP
"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the spokesperson was quoted as saying by The Guardian newspaper.
The 46-year-old from Australia has been living in the London embassy of the south American country for five-and-a-half years after being granted political asylum as he fought sex-related claims in Sweden.
Assange has always denied the sexual assault allegations against him, claiming the sex was consensual and that the case was politically motivated to get him extradited to the United States over massive Wikileaks dumps of secret U.S. military reports that year.
Reutersreported it had found an entry for "Julian Paul Assange" in Ecuador's civilian registry.
Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange.
He was also a point of contention in Ecuador's 2017 presidential election. Following the publication of the information, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would not respond to "rumors, distorted or circumstantial information" on the Assange case.
Nonetheless, the statute of limitations on the allegations made against Assange in Sweden does not expire until 2020, and prosecutors have made it plain that they are prepared to renew their vendetta at the drop of a hat, or, more precisely, a call from Washington. The WikiLeaks chief believes that the USA government is seeking his extradition and prosecution.
While the grant of a passport has not been officially confirmed, it is seen as part of a process to get Assange out of the United Kingdom by giving him a role at the embassy that confers diplomatic immunity.
In July 2014 a Swedish court upholds the European arrest warrant against Assange and in November Assange loses an appeal against the arrest warrant.
October 12, 2015: Metropolitan Police end the 24-hour guard at the Embassy.
WikiLeaks starts releasing more than 250,000 classified USA diplomatic cables, revealing frank assessments of United States officials as well as the views of other governments. Ecuador has repeatedly urged Assange not to interfere in the affairs of other countries following his frequent online comments on worldwide issues.
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