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  • Julian Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador

    Julian Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012. | Photo: Julian Assange

Published 13 June 2018

Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012.

Ecuador is exploring possible ways to resolve the situation of Australian activist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that are "not traumatic," Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said on Wednesday.  

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Valencia said Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, but with increasing restrictions.

An agreement is being sought, he told Associated Press: "One that encourages an exit, that we do not want to be traumatic... we do not want it to be an exit that may cause dissonance with international law."

Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa gave Assange political asylum when the WikiLeaks founder was facing extradition to Sweden on rape and sexual assault charges, and to the United States for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. embassy memos.

Valencia's recommendations are now due to be presented to current President Lenin Moreno, who will make the final decision on how to proceed. 

Last month, Assange was banned from receiving visitors and phone calls under new rules announced by the Ecuadorean embassy after he posted messages on social media against Germany and in defense of Catalan separatism.


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