Julian Assange diplomatic status bid rejected by UK

11 January, 2018, 21:06 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno has been infuriated by Assange's criticism of his political allies abroad

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been hiding for more than five years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has received a civilian ID from the South American country, DPA and Reuters reported.

The nation's foreign minister announced Thursday that officials had chose to permit Assange's naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.

Mr Assange, 46, breached his bail conditions when he sought political refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, while facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

The Foreign Office in the United Kingdom has confirmed that Assange continues to face arrest for breaching bail conditions if he leaves the embassy premises.

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.

Ecuador said they feared threats to Assange's life coming from third party states.

Mohinderpal Sethi, a barrister at Littleton Chambers, told the BBC that giving Julian Assange a passport would not necessarily lead to him getting diplomatic immunity, although Ecuador could possibly take some measures to protect him if this was the case.

She stressed several times that Ecuador is following all national and global laws and is "dedicated to protecting the human rights" of Assange in this "delicate case".

The Foreign Office said Mr Assange must leave the embassy and "face justice". The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter.

Assange, who denies the allegations, feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in one of the largest information leaks in USA history.

The biggest crisis came in October 2016, when the embassy cut his internet service after WikiLeaks published a trove of emails from then-U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign. Assange later taunted after Lasso's loss that he would "cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days". According to Assange's edition, a passport could also have been issued.