Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Ecuador says United Kingdom has given enough guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

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Moreno said he would prefer Assange hand himself over because of the cost Ecuador is paying after granting him asylum as well as for his own good.

Addressing Assange's residency in the embassy, Moreno said: "I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain almost incarcerated in an embassy".

Assange faces charges in the United States, but it is not immediately clear what for.

They recently placed restrictions on his use of the embassy, including a requirement that he clean up after his cat.

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WikiLeaks has been used for the release of thousands of classified USA military and diplomatic cables.

Mr Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006.

There is speculation that the USA interest in Assange is connected to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to office.

In July, Mueller charged 12 Russian spies with conspiring to hack the Democratic National Committee computers, stealing and publishing data in an effort to sway the election.

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Assange and the Ecuadorian embassy, which the 47-year-old has called home since 2012, have experienced tensions in recent months, with Ecuador cutting off Assange's communications in March, after he discussed topics online that could have damaged the country's diplomatic relations.

Sweden has since dropped that case, and Ecuador says there are no pending extradition requests against the WikiLeaks founder.

His lawyer Carlos Poveda said last month that Assange was prepared to surrender to British police if he receives assurances he will not be extradited.

"We will protect Mr. Assange's rights - this is why we are looking for a solution, but this needs to be an agreed solution", he said.

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However, the United Kingdom has reportedly told Ecuador that his jail time for skipping bail would not exceed six months.

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