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Julian Assange Received a Civilian ID in Ecuador

12 January 2018, 03:21 | Kara Nash

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

Ecuador is seeking to make progress with Britain over the fate of Julian Assange.

She called the measure "one more ring of protection" for Assange, who has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 in an effort to avoid a Swedish arrest warrant on rape allegations - a charge he has always denied.

The alleged news of the passport comes just a day after Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told reporters in Quito that Ecuador was looking for a way out of the current situation.

But a standoff with British authorities continued, as the Foreign Office rejected an Ecuadoran request that it grant diplomatic status to Assange, insisting instead that the Australian national "leave the embassy to face justice".

Reuters found an entry for "Julian Paul Assange" in Ecuador's Civil Registry, which only includes Ecuadorean citizens.

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The Ecuadorian initiative was meant to confer legal immunity on Assange, allowing him to slip out of the embassy and Britain without being arrested for breaching his former bail conditions. But the British government has consistently emphasised that he must face justice in United Kingdom courts over his breach of bail conditions.

The 46-year-old Australian still fears being sent to the United States to face charges over WikiLeaks' release of secret USA government documents.

Over the last 12 months, Mr Assange's behaviour on social media and determination to express his political beliefs have slowly driven a wedge between him and Ecuador president Lenin Moreno.

"A person can not live in those conditions forever", she added, reiterating that Ecuador will continue to provide the whistleblower with all necessary assistance. You also can't blame the man for trying to get out in a way that would make it harder for him to be extradited to the U.S., particularly after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said his arrest was "a priority" last April. However, he still finds himself facing many legal battles should he walk out of the embassy. WikiLeaks, however, fears that the USA will seek his extradition if he leaves the embassy, believing there is a sealed USA indictment seeking his arrest.

When he came into power in May 2017, Moreno appeared to have adopted the same stance as his predecessor Rafael Correa, who defended Assange.



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