WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange given Ecuadorian citizenship

January 12, 2018

Ecuador on Thursday announced it had granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange citizenship in what appeared to have been an unsuccessful move to usher him out of their London embassy without the risk of arrest.

“The Ecuadoran government is empowered to grant nationality to the protected person and thus facilitate… his inclusion in the host state,” Ecuador Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told reporters on Thursday, adding that Assange had become a citizen on December 12.

However, naturalization appeared to do little to help the Australian-born WikiLeaks founder’s case, with the British foreign ministry stressing that the only way to resolve the issue was for “Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.”

Earlier on Thursday, Britain said that it had a refused a request by Ecuador to grant Assange diplomatic status, which would have granted him special legal immunity and the right to safe passage under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Dee says:

    I still think it was Seth rich and we know what they did to him .

  • Pete says:

    Assange should negotiate the solution by telling who gave them the DNC emails he published in 2016. The Clinton campaign & DNC security was so lax that it could well have been almost anyone.
    Germany was one of the countries that wouldn’t use the address of the Hillary private server for critical official business. They at least knew that anything on her communication channel was being recorded. (that’s how the bad guys knew to attack the consulate in Benghazi when Ambassador Stevens was there).

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