Assange asylum 'not stable,' Ecuadorian embassy says

Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

"What naturalisation does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection", she told reporters in Quito.

It comes after Britain refused a request by Ecuador for diplomatic status to be given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said.

Moreno previous year said Assange could stay in the embassy but called him a "hacker" and warned him not to intervene in the politics of countries friendly to Ecuador.

The Foreign Office said in a statement the only way for the embassy to resolve Assange's issue would be for him to leave its premises and face justice.

Assange fled to the Ecuadoran embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced accusations of rape and sexual assault.

Ecuador is hoping it can break a long impasse that has seen WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holed up in its London embassy for five years. He has limited space in the embassy and faces arrest were he to leave the small apartment in London's Knightsbridge neighborhood.

The country's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed that Assange was "naturalised" as an Ecuadorean on December 12 at his request, according to The Independent.




Shortly after that news emerged, Assange, 46, posted a picture of himself on social media, dressed in the nation's colors of Ecuador.

The UK has also refused to guarantee that Mr Assange will not be extradited to the U.S. where he could face charges for his role in releasing classified military documents. "The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to "take down" Mr Assange".

A British judge approved his extradition to Sweden in 2011, and after unsuccessful appeals, he applied for political asylum with Ecuador in June 2012 and moved into the embassy.

He is still in the embassy, however, as he fears if he leaves he will be extradited to the US. 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 U.S. and face trial.

Human Rights activist Peter Tatchell spoke with RT and said a document like this might help Assange get diplomatic status.

Assange, who has received numerous visitors to his modest quarters in the embassy, ranging from Nigel Farage to Lady Gaga, has described the period since his initial arrest as a "terrible injustice".

The Swedish prosecutors halted the case against Assange in September 2017.

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