WikiLeaks' Julian Assange gets Ecuadorian identity number

Kristopher Drake
January 12, 2018

At a press conference on Thursday in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, the foreign minister, MarĂ­a Fernanda Espinosa, explained that Assange had sought citizenship and that it had been granted on 12 December previous year.

The Ecuadorian government is seeking the means to transport Julian Assange from London to Ecuador (Flickr). The passport was reportedly granted to him on December 12.

The nation's foreign minister announced on Thursday that officials had made a decision to permit Assange's naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media from the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy.

Swedish prosecutors dropped their probe into the allegations but British police said Assange would be arrested for breaching bail conditions should he leave the building.

Ecuador's foreign minister Guillaume Long, says the country is seeking a "dignified and just" solution with the United Kingdom government over Assange's case.

The UK's rejection of a diplomatic pass comes after Assange tweeted a cryptic picture of him dressed in the colours of Ecuador. The UK Supreme Court ruled he was to be extradited, which led to him seeking political asylum - while claiming the whole thing was a ruse to extradite him to the United States of America and face trial.

"I respect the situation he is in, which calls for respect of his human rights, but we also ask that he respects the situation he is in", Moreno said in May.

A statement by Mr Assange's legal team said: 'The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language.

In November 2010, an attempt was made to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden, where he had previously been questioned over allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Assange has spent five and a half years-2,592 days-a prisoner in the embassy, confined to a small space without access to sunlight and fresh air, cut off from his family and friends and deprived of seeing his children grow up. He's been holed up in the embassy for over five years now, with little hope of being able leave a free man.

Assange also fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building over a sealed indictment ordering his arrest.

However, senior government office holders have been highly critical of Mr Assange in the past and he continues to fear prosecution.

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