Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Ecuador: UK gave enough guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

Ecuador: UK gave enough guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

Assange says that he faces charges under seal in the United States for revealing sensitive government information on WikiLeaks, though the exact charges against him remain unclear.

In a media interview, Moreno said he had received written assurances from Britain that Assange could leave the building safely.

Mr Moreno said today that Mr Assange still faces jail time in Britain for violating bail terms when he sought sanctuary to avoid extradition to Sweden so authorities could quiz him as part of a sexual assault investigation.

Ecuador's president says the United Kingdom has provided sufficient guarantees for Julian Assange to leave his government's embassy in London.

Though Moreno did not force Assange to leave the embassy, he stated that Assange's legal team is considering the next move.

There is speculation that the United States interest in Assange is connected to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to office.

U.S. prosecutors last month inadvertently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange, according to WikiLeaks, but it was not known what the actual charges were. Assange's Wikileaks released a variety of USA secrets, including diplomatic cables and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools, as well as a dump of email hacked from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The Justice Department prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him.

Assange in turn sued, saying his rights as an Ecuadorian - he was granted citizenship previous year as part of an apparent attempt to name him a diplomat and ferry him to Russian Federation - were being violated.

Ecuador has been seeking a way to terminate Assange s stay for several months, amid souring relations with its embassy guest, who recently sued Quito for restricting his internet access.

In November a filing error revealed that Mr Assange faced charges in the USA - although it was not clear what those charges were.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, when he was granted asylum while facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden that he said were a guise to extradite him to the U.S.

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