Ecuador's President Won't Mention Assange's Case in UK

Marsha Scott
July 24, 2018

However, while visiting London, Moreno told DW that Assange "should be able to continue enjoying his right to asylum and the respect that this asylum affords him", and appeared to suggest he would be welcome at the embassy "as long as he meets the requirements".

The WikiLeaks founder has been at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012.

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who has described Assange's situation as "unsustainable" and "a stone in his shoe", is in to London this week to attend a global disabilities summit when newspapers suggested he could finalise an agreement.

There is another indirect proof that Moreno decides to extradite Assange.

A source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry reportedly confirmed that Moreno is close to reaching a settlement with the United Kingdom within the next few weeks.

Assange repeatedly stated he was not opposed to facing the allegations in Sweden, but was afraid that Stockholm would deliver him to the United States to be tried for publishing secrets, where he could face harsh prison sentences or even the death penalty.

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It goes back to Assange obtaining asylum from Ecuador and finding refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy instead of complying with bail conditions in the UK.

However, British authorities could argue that Assange's evasion rose above a simple failure to surrender charge, and that he could be charged for contempt of court, which could bring a two-year sentence.

Mr Assange's internet access was cut in March after he breached the terms of his asylum, which states that he is "not to issue messages that might interfere with other states".

Swedish prosecutors already dropped their investigation previous year into sexual assault allegations that had been filed against Assange.

However, the Trump administration has seemingly made clear that they have no such concerns.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also promised to consider the prosecution of media outlets publishing classified information. Assange would be well protected before his trial and in prison, where he would be likely to serve many years for his crimes. He was detained in London that December and placed under house arrest, while continuing to fight his extradition to Sweden.

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