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Julian Assange diplomatic status bid rejected by UK

12 January 2018

It comes after Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday that it had rejected Ecuador's request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, which would give him immunity from arrest.

The Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo reported Wednesday that Assange is now listed on a registry of the nation's citizens.

Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has been given an Ecuadorean passport and identity documents, fuelling speculation that he could soon be moved from the embassy in London.

However, UK police say he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy in Knightsbridge for failing to surrender to the court in 2012.

The intentions of the Ecuadoran government, moreover, are far from clear.

In a press conference held today Ecuador's foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa reaffirmed that Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship December 21, 2017.

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While Assange's presence at the embassy has become a point of global tension and some domestic political griping in Ecuador, the unending fallout from his alleged involvement in a Russian operation to influence the 2016 United States federal elections in favour of Donald Trump has also apparently strained his hosts' hospitality for some time.

Referencing a 2016 UN ruling that said Assange was being "arbitrarily detained", WikiLeaks responded: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language". A whole coterie of left liberals and pseudo-left organizations have provided political cover for the state vendetta against Assange, seeking to legitimize the phony sexual misconduct charges against him, while tying him to the claims of Russian "meddling" in the 2016 U.S. election.

July 2014: Assange, 46, loses his appeal to have the Sweden arrest warrant thrown out.

The rape allegations case remains open and active.

The problem for Mr Assange taking up Ecuador's offer of asylum has been getting to the South American country.

March 9, 2017: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is spotted leaving the Embassy. Moreno issued a public demand that Assange not interfere in the politics of "nations that are our friends".

Julian Assange diplomatic status bid rejected by UK