Ecuador Seeks Arrangement for Julian Assange to Leave London Embassy

Julian Assange was granted political asylum in 2012 when he took up residence in the Ecuadorean embassy

Julian Assange was granted political asylum in 2012 when he took up residence in the Ecuadorean embassy Daniel Leal-Olivas AFP Getty Images

The Australian citizen sought refuge at the Ecuadorian mission in June 2012 after losing a battle in the British courts to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors had been seeking to question him about rape allegations dating back to 2010.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister on Tuesday said that Quito may pursue mediation to resolve the standoff between the South American nation and Britain over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

JULIAN Assange has sparked rumours he has been given an Ecuadorian passport by posing in a football shirt.

The continued exchange between Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno and Assange concerning the latter's involvement in political affairs may be a factor in the request for a transfer.

"If President Moreno wants to gag my reporting of human rights abuses in Spain he should say so explicitly - together with the legal basis", he said. Assange also says he fears extradition to the US over his organization's publishing sensitive political and military information. "And there is a possibility that he could be then granted a diplomatic status, which would give him diplomatic immunity", Tatchell, who is a human rights campaigner and the director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said.

WikiLeaks has previously claimed that Assange could be extradited to the U.S., where he could be arrested for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified USA army war logs and more recently, the DNC emails, that some believe may have changed the course of the United States presidential election in 2016.

Right-wing opposition figures in the Andean nation have long objected to the amnesty. "He has converted himself into this great conspirator against the major democracies".

Responding to the president on Twitter, Assange accused Moreno of attempting to silence him.

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