Ecuador tired of embassy guest Assange

Julian Assange was granted political asylum in 2012 when he took up residence in the Ecuadorean embassy

Julian Assange was granted political asylum in 2012 when he took up residence in the Ecuadorean embassy

After living five years behind the safety of Ecuador's London embassy, Julian Assange may be in for a change of scene.

Ecuador said yesterday it was exploring mediation to solve the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London for five years, and called for cooperation from the United Kingdom and the worldwide community.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told correspondents in Quito that her nation is looking for a third country or prominent worldwide figure to help broker the stalemate over Assange, who entered the embassy in London in June 2012.

Assange has claimed political asylum and lived in the embassy since 2012, hiding from United Kingdom, USA and Swedish authorities in plain sight.

"No solution can be reached without worldwide cooperation and without cooperation from the United Kingdom, which in addition has shown interest in finding a solution".

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He has said that he needs to stay at the embassy due to fears he will be extradited to the United States and put on trial for WikiLeaks publishing leaked secret U.S. documents.

Swedish prosecutors initially wanted Assange extradited to face the sexual assault allegations, but they dropped their investigation into him in May 2017.

But Assange still faces arrest by British police for violating the terms of his 2012 bail when he sought and was granted asylum by Ecuador.

Assange spoke out in support for the Catalan separatists movement, which saw Moreno, who has been president of Ecuador since January, ask Assange to stay out of the Spanish crisis. Last year, the group published confidential documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, including details of its hacking tools. President Lenin Moreno has described Assange as a "hacker", while stressing he would not be kicked out of the embassy.

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