Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange

12 January, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday it had rejected Ecuador's request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, who was born in Australia.

Here are key dates in Julian Assange's extradition battle after Ecuador on Thursday announced it had granted the WikiLeaks founder citizenship.

Assange's legal team have maintained his confinement to the embassy amounts to illegal detention. Shortly before the 2016 United States election, WikiLeaks accused Ecuadorian officials in the London embassy of temporarily cutting off the former computer hacker's internet access for publishing an array of emails belonging to Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton's campaign in a bid to impact the vote. Although Swedish prosecutors have since dropped the charges, British police remain outside the embassy ready to arrest the WikiLeaks co-founder for breaking his 2012 bail conditions.

"If the UK wishes to show that it is a nation that respects its human rights obligations and commitments to the United Nations, it is time for Mr. Assange to be allowed to enjoy his right to liberty, and fundamental right to protection against persecution in the United States", she said.

Two allegations - rape and molestation - are made against him. He added that Assange will not leave Ecuador's embassy while there are no security guarantees.

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics. WikiLeaks said that by staying as long as he had in the embassy, he had served more than 14 times the maximum sentence under United Kingdom law.

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February 2015 his lawyers petition Sweden's Supreme Court to quash the arrest warrant.

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

This sparks speculation that Assange is about to end his self-imposed exile.

Still, that did not deter Attorney General Jeff Sessions from calling Assange's arrest "a priority" in April, telling reporters: "We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks".

June 19, 2017: Assange cancels a "special announcement" he had planned for the fifth anniversary of his stay at the Embassy. The Ecuadoran Foreign Ministry at first responded that it would not address "rumors or distorted or out-of-context information", Germany's DPA news agency reported.



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