Julian Assange granted citizenship after living in Ecuadorean embassy for years
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 12, 2018,
Jan 12, 2018, 0:36
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Tuesday that her country is searching for a "third country or a personality" to mediate a solution to the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The request for diplomatic status was made on behalf of the 46-year-old campaigner by the Ecuadorean government, which has reportedly issued a passport to the Australian national after he had sought political asylum from the South American country five and a half years ago.
Ecuador's foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said: 'No solution will be achieved without worldwide cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out'. The UK refuses to guarantee he will not be extradited to the US.
But past year, the Australian, 46, angered Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting support for Catalan separatists.
The U.K. insists that Assange face justice for skipping bail following allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.
August 13, 2015: Swedish prosecutors drop some of the allegations against Julian Assange.
She did not give details on how granting Assange citizenship might help him leave the embassy and avoid arrest.
The intentions of the Ecuadoran government, moreover, are far from clear.
Any mediated deal between Ecuador and the United Kingdom would likely have to address Mr Assange's concerns.
October 12, 2015: Metropolitan Police end the 24-hour guard at the Embassy. A whole coterie of left liberals and pseudo-left organizations have provided political cover for the state vendetta against Assange, seeking to legitimize the phony sexual misconduct charges against him, while tying him to the claims of Russian "meddling" in the 2016 USA election.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a reporter's question in April about whether arresting Assange was a priority, said it was.
Also in 2014, Assange files a complaint against Sweden and Britain with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.