Ecuador Grants Citizenship To Julian Assange, Who Lives In London Embassy

Posted January 12, 2018

Updated | Ecuador says it has granted nationality to Julian Assange after the British government denied a request to grant the WikiLeaks founder diplomatic status.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa affirmed that the situation with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, is "unsustainable", so "the possibility of mediation" is being considered, in order to reach a solution.

"The Government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr. Assange here in the UK".

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.

Julian Assange, editor and founder of Wikileaks, has been holed up in London's Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012, following a rape allegation in Sweden. "What naturalization does is provide the asylum-seeker another layer of protection", she said.

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"I respect the situation he is in, which calls for respect of his human rights, but we also ask that he respects the situation he is in", Moreno said in May.

The nation's foreign minister announced on Thursday that officials had chose to permit Assange's naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.

Quito said the country was seeking mediation to resolve the impasse.

It comes after Mr Assange posted a picture of himself in an Ecuadorian football shirt, amid unconfirmed reports he had been issued an Ecuadorian passport.

Assange is committed to not "intervening in issues non-related with his asylum condition", as requested by Ecuadorian government, the statement continued. The entry shows that the country issued the passport on December 21st, nearly three weeks ago - and more than two weeks before Espinosa asked for assistance in getting Assange out of their embassy.

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Declared by the United Nations in 2016 to be a victim of "arbitrary detention" in violation of global law, Assange has been publicly charged with no crime outside of violating his conditions of bail in the UK.

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, who has received numerous visitors to his modest quarters in the embassy, ranging from Nigel Farage to Lady Gaga, has described the period since his initial arrest as a "terrible injustice".

The original case against him has been dropped, but Assange remains inside the embassy.

The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the worldwide working class.

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