UK Refuses to Grant Assange Diplomatic Status - Foreign Office

Trevor Jackson
January 12, 2018

Assange later taunted after Lasso's loss that he would "cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days".

Julian Assange has been granted an Ecuadorian passport just a day after threating to kick him out of its London embassy, it has been claimed.

El Universo quoted reliable sources who confirmed the passport document, numbered 1729926483, was issued to a Julian Paul Assange in December. It reported that it had checked his identity number with the public database of Ecuador's internal revenue service.

Assange fears without the safety of the diplomatic immunity, the looming threat of extradition by the U.S government would result in his arrest and trial as the country's justice department was considering pressing several charges against Assange.

Quito said the country was seeking mediation to resolve the impasse.

A United Nations panel had concluded in 2016 that Assange was under arbitrary detention.

A statement by Assange's legal team said he was being held unlawfully. Assange's legal team has called on United Kingdom and Swedish authorities to end his "deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a 2014 press conference.

"A person can not live in those conditions forever", she added, reiterating that Ecuador will continue to provide the whistleblower with all necessary assistance.

Ecuador foreign minister MarĂ­a 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.

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Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation in May past year, but Assange still stays indoors, fearful that he will be arrested for breaching his bail the minute he emerges from the embassy.

Quito is believed to want Assange to travel to Ecuador.

November 2011: Assange fails in his appeal to the High Court against the decision to extradite him. He was granted asylum, and has been holed up in the embassy ever since.

Mr Assange then chose Ecuador as his best option to seek asylum when he lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

But Professor Rothwell said there were limits in what assurances Mr Assange can be given.

WikiLeaks won a huge left-of-centre following for its exposure of the secrets of the powerful - but enraged governments, particularly the United States. It would have enabled him to walk out of the embassy without fear of arrest. As Barr notes, there's seemingly nothing to prevent it. Sweden withdrew their warrant, and the U.S. claims not to have one for Assange at the moment.

The Swedish prosecutors halted the case against Assange in September 2017.

The rape allegations case remains open and active. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.

November 14, 2016: Assange is questioned again over the sex crime allegations.

The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the worldwide working class.

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