British authorities say they will arrest the WikiLeaks publisher if he ever leaves Ecuador's embassy in London.
One tentative plan involved smuggling Mr. Assange out of the embassy in a diplomatic vehicle on Christmas Eve and transporting him to another country, possibly Russian Federation, where he stood a lesser risk of being extradited to the USA and tried on charges related to his WikiLeaks website, The Guardian reported.
People close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange held private meetings with Russian officials previous year to discuss a potential plan to help Assange escape the Ecuadorian embassy in London and flee to another country, The Guardian reported Friday.
Assange appeared to be readying for his new job title, and had even written a letter on December 4 renouncing his request for political asylum from Ecuador in order to become a diplomat. However, under English law, the 47 year-old can only enjoy diplomatic privileges, such as immunity, only if his credentials are accepted by the Foreign Office.
Though his health is reportedly in decline after years locked in the embassy (and his mental state questionable), Assange's legal team say that United Kingdom police are in reality simply trying to scoop him up so he can be sent to the U.S., where top officials have made no secret of wanting his head on a platter.
Citing four sources, The Guardian said Russians held secret talks in London a year ago with people close to the Australian-born WikiLeaks publisher on the subject of potentially facilitating his safe exit from the embassy, his residence since 2012.
The note to the Russian Consulate in London is dated November 30, 2010, shortly after Assange's website WikiLeaks had released a first batch of US State Department files.
The Russian embassy in London called the article a clear example of "disinformation and fake news by British media", while the Foreign Ministry also rejected the report. "Russia is always happy to welcome worldwide guests if they arrive in a lawful manner and with good intentions".
Assange sought asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questions about allegations of sex crimes, accusations that were later dropped.
Assange has always denied wrongdoing in the case, which he cast as a prelude to extradition to the US.
(Spanish) in Quito on Thursday that Assange's citizenship should be rescinded.
It was not immediately evident if Ecuadorean officials had any contact with Russian Federation as part of the Assange appointment.