Ecuador: Road Clear for Assange to Leave
December 06, 2018
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said "the road is clear" for WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuador's London embassy, where he has
lived for six years to avoid being arrested by British police and
In a media interview, Moreno said he had received written assurances
from Britain that Assange could leave the building safely. Moreno did
not say whether Assange would be forced out.
Assange sought asylum at the embassy in 2012 while facing allegations of
sex crimes in Sweden. Assange said he feared the charges might be used
to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of divulging
sensitive U.S. intelligence through the WikiLeaks website. The
investigation in Sweden was later dropped, and Ecuador said there were
no pending extradition requests against Assange.
Moreno said Britain assured him that it would not extradite a person to
a country where his life would be in danger.
however, said Assange had to answer to Britain for violating asylum
terms when the WikiLeaks founder asked for protection to avoid being
sent to Sweden. Moreno also cut off Assange's access to the internet
earlier this year.
Assange has maintained that Britain will hand him over to the U.S. Last
month, a U.S. federal judge deferred action on deciding whether to
reveal charges against Assange, the existence of which were accidentally
made public in an unrelated case.
Assange founded WikiLeaks as a whistle-blower organization in Iceland in
2006. Through document dumps, the online tool has revealed damning
information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. diplomatic
communications and U.S. political candidates.
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