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Ecuador confirms it granted citizenship to Assange

Ecuador confirms it granted citizenship to Assange

The Associated Press reports that Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange.

Ms Espinosa said they had granted the naturalisation while they look for ways to resolve his situation and were seeking a "dignified" solution to his situation with Britain.

In November 2010, Sweden requested Assange's extradition over allegations of sexual assault and rape, which Assange strenuously denied.

An Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK".

Quito is believed to want Assange to travel to Ecuador.

An official said the South American country "maintains with the United Kingdom the best bilateral relations and co-operation". The UK refuses to guarantee he will not be extradited to the US.

The Foreign Office said Mr Assange must leave the embassy and "face justice". However, prosecutor Marianne Ny stated that she would "resume the investigation immediately" if Assange chose to "make himself available" at some future date.

The passport could obtain his first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve Assange's indefinite embassy stay. The Ecuadorian government has granted him political asylum.

October 12, 2015: Metropolitan Police end the 24-hour guard at the Embassy.

What could happen to Julian Assange now?

WikiLeaks starts releasing more than 250,000 classified USA diplomatic cables, revealing frank assessments of United States officials as well as the views of other governments. 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 USA election.

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

April 21, 2017: US Attorney General states that Assange's arrest is now a US "priority". Assange and his website have also leaked information from Guantanamo Bay, private emails belonging to 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and emails from the Democratic National Committee.