Julian Assange is officially a citizen of Ecuador

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2018

Ecuador subsequently requested the United Kingdom to recognise Assange as a diplomatic agent, which would give him immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Ecuador granted citizenship to Julian Assange and tried to register him as a diplomat in order to secure his release from the nation's London embassy.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister on Thursday confirmed that her country granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in December.

Assange failed to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault and instead holed himself in the Ecuadorian embassy. "Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

In response Espinosa said: "No solution will be achieved without global co-operation and the co-operation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out". "The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter", the Foreign Office said.

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Earlier this week Assange "fueled speculation he'd received an Ecuadorean passport", Frank notes, "by posting a photo on Twitter wearing a jersey of the Ecuadorean national soccer team".

Swedish prosecutors dropped their charges against Assange past year, but British police have said they are prepared to arrest him for breaching bail conditions.

Britain recently rejected Assange's bid for diplomatic status, leaving it to Ecuador to try and find a more permanent resolution than having Assange living in its embassy indefinitely.

He also offended potential supporters in the Democratic Party by allowing WikiLeaks to become the conduit for e-mails hacked by Russian Federation from the Democratic National Committee and leaked to harm the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Quito has said naturalization should provide Assange with another layer of protection. Unfortunately for Assange, neither Trump nor Putin have indicated they will help him out. She added that Ecuador was looking to resolve the impasse in a "dignified" way.

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