Julian Assange's Name Appears in Ecuador Database, Fuels Citizenship Speculation

Saul Bowman
January 12, 2018

The Wikileaks founder has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when he was faced with extradition to Sweden for allegedly sexually assaulting two women.

The British foreign ministry said in a statement that Ecuador had "recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK".

August 2010: An arrest warrant is issued for Julian Assange after his trip to Sweden.

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.

A United Nations panel ruled in 2016 that he was being "arbitrarily detained" and should be allowed to walk free. The WikiLeaks chief believes that the United States government is seeking his extradition and prosecution.

Responding to the UK's refusal to grant him diplomatic status, Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said: "No solution will be achieved without worldwide co-operation and the co-operation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out". Those original allegations have since been dropped. The Ecuadorian government has granted him political asylum. Assange and his website have also leaked information from Guantanamo Bay, private emails belonging to 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and emails from the Democratic National Committee.

But the United Kingdom has long flagged its intention to arrest him for breaching his bail, and isn't showing any signs of backing down. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.

She confirmed Assange's citizenship request at a press conference in Quito, saying she feared for threats to his life coming from third party states.

The US has never laid charges or sought his arrest for the publication of classified documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the WikiLeaks website.

Meanwhile, Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who exposed the NSA's massive spying and collection of data on people in the USA and around the globe has been turned into a man without a country, living in forced exile in Moscow.

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

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