Ecuador Seeks Arrangement for Julian Assange to Leave London Embassy

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After the surprising news was released two days ago, the Ecuadorean government confirmed in a press conference this morning that it WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given citizenship in the Andean nation.

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

After five years of residency, the Ecuadorian government is actively working towards finding a way for Assange to finally vacate the building, although that can not happen without the UK's cooperation.

Swedish prosecutors have since dropped their investigation into the allegations but Assange still faces arrest by Scotland Yard for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside the embassy.

Ecuador foreign minister María Fernanda Espinosa has said that the country is seeking a neutral third-party nation's mediation to revolve what she described as an "untenable" situation.

It comes after Mr Assange posted a picture of himself in an Ecuadorian football shirt, amid unconfirmed reports he had been issued an Ecuadorian passport.

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An FCO spokesman said: "The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK".

Assange has always denied the sexual assault allegations against him, claiming the sex was consensual and that the case was politically motivated to get him extradited to the U.S. over massive Wikileaks dumps of secret USA military reports that year.

A proposed diplomatic status - if it had been granted - would give the WikiLeaks' founder diplomatic immunity, which would make it possible for him to leave the embassy and the United Kingdom without fear of arrest.

FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.

She stressed several times that Ecuador is following all national and worldwide laws and is "dedicated to protecting the human rights" of Assange in this "delicate case". Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso pledged to evict the Australian within 30 days of taking office, while current President Lenin Moreno said he would allow him to stay. He has also called Assange a hacker.

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