Britain refuses Ecuador's request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status

Britain refuses Ecuador's request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status

The foreign ministers said that her government tried to obtain diplomatic status for the Wikileaks founder within the United Kingdom on December 20, but that the British government immediately denied the asylum seeker such status. The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter.

The UK's rejection of a diplomatic pass comes after Assange tweeted a cryptic picture of him dressed in the colours of Ecuador.

The Australian-born Assange posted a photograph of himself wearing a yellow Ecuadorean national soccer team jersey on Instagram Wednesday and his name now appears in the Andean country's national registry.

El Universo quoted reliable sources who confirmed the passport document, numbered 1729926483, was issued to a Julian Paul Assange in December. It reported that it had checked his identity number with the public database of Ecuador's internal revenue service.

She also said she feared threats to Mr Assange's life coming from third party states.

While Swedish officials dropped their investigation into a rape claim involving Assange, the United Kingdom has repeatedly said that he would be arrested by police for breaking a prior bail condition should he step outside the embassy.

Referencing a 2016 UN ruling that said Assange was being "arbitrarily detained", WikiLeaks responded: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language".

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

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The UK has refused, saying Mr Assange - who has been at the embassy since 2012 - should now leave and "face justice". While Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno took office last May after defeating a more right-wing candidate who called openly for Assange's expulsion from the embassy, the new government itself has sought a rapprochement with big business, the political right and Washington.

Swedish prosecutors discontinued their sexual assault investigation past year, citing their inability to look into the case so long as he remains cloistered inside the embassy. While Swedish prosecutors dropped extradition requests related to sex crime allegations in May 2017, Assange fears that if British police detain him, United States prosecutors will immediately issue an extradition request over Wikileaks' decision to publish troves of secret U.S. military documents.

But previous year, the Australian, 46, angered Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting support for Catalan separatists. Following the publication of the information, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would not respond to "rumors, distorted or circumstantial information" on the Assange case.

Ecuador subsequently asked the United Kingdom to recognise Mr Assange as a diplomatic agent - a move that could have given him immunity.

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

" As things stand at the moment, I think there is really only two prospects for him", he said.

February 2011: Judge rules WikiLeaks founder should be extradited to Sweden to face charges. In November Britain's High Court rejects an appeal against his extradition.

"Safe passage [could] be granted for him to go to Ecuador where he would continue to enjoy diplomatic asylum and protection", Professor Don Rothwell said. 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 U.S. election.