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Julian Assange Received a Civilian ID in Ecuador

12 January, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno has been infuriated by Assange's criticism of his political allies abroad

Ecuador has given citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's London embassy for over five years, and is seeking a "dignified and just" solution to his situation with Britain.

In a statement on Wednesday (10 January), an FCO spokesperson noted the recent rumours, saying: "The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK".

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

Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

The reaction of the MFA comes one day after Quito reportedly granted an ID card to Assange.

What could happen to Julian Assange now?

A United Nations panel had concluded in 2016 that Assange was under arbitrary detention. According to London's Metropolitan Police, he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy building.

On Tuesday, foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Ecuador was exploring mediation to solve the standoff. Moreno issued a public demand that Assange not interfere in the politics of "nations that are our friends".

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.

This began with the release of the "collateral murder" video showing an Apache helicopter's gun-sight view of the 2007 massacre of 12 Iraqi civilians, continuing with the "Afghan war diary" and the "Iraq war logs", exposing multiple war crimes committed by the United States military, and the posting of over 250,000 secret USA diplomatic cables revealing Washington's counterrevolutionary conspiracies across the planet.

However, others see him as a criminal who undermined the security of the West by exposing secrets.

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

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

For some, Assange is a cyber hero who exposed government abuses of power and championed free speech.



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