There has been a change in status for Wikileaks Julian Assange. It appears that Mr. Assnage is now an official citizen of Equador. that is the same as the Embassy in London that he has been hiding in for the past 5 years. Is this a maneuver to get him a diplomatic pass out of the country? Is that the only obstacle that he is facing? It is a lot more complicated than that.
As Written and Reported By Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hasn’t been in the news quite as much lately, mostly due to the fact that he’s been stuck in a self-imposed prison, seeking refuge from the long arm of the law in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than five years now. But just this week, as Ed reported yesterday, there seemed to be new hope for Assange. The hot rumor was that Ecuador may have granted him citizenship and could, in theory, offer him diplomatic immunity so he could simply board a plane and fly to his new home.
So I suppose he should start packing and prepare to finally breathe some fresh air, eh? Well… not so fast. In order for Assange to be granted protected status as a diplomat of the Ecuadorean government, the Brits would have to accept his credentials. And it turns out that they’ve passed on that idea so Julian is back to square one. (Gizmodo)
The government of the U.K. has denied a motion to grant Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 over fears he could be extradited, diplomatic protections.
Per the Guardian, Ecuadorian officials made the request in hopes that if Assange was certified as one of their diplomats—reports indicate he already has Ecuadorian citizenship—he could finally leave the embassy without fear of being arrested for violating U.K. bail conditions by fleeing there in the first place. While Swedish prosecutors dropped extradition requests related to sex crime allegations in May 2017, Assange fears that if British police detain him, U.S. prosecutors will immediately issue an extradition request over Wikileaks’ decision….
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