Assange's Lawyer Rejects Moreno's Deal to Leave Ecuadorian Embassy in UK

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Assange said he feared the charges might be used to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of divulging sensitive US intelligence through the WikiLeaks website.

"The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave", Moreno said in a live radio interview.

Julian Assange can walk out of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London any time he wants and face little prospect of jail time or extradition to face charges that carry a death penalty, the president of Ecuador told a radio station in Quito on December 6.

Moreno said the sentence for skipping bail would be "not long".

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that "the way has been cleared" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London.

Moreno didn't say he would force Assange out, but said the Wikileaks founder's legal team is considering its next steps.

Assange has also been accused of using his anti-secrecy website to collaborate with Russian Federation and President Donald Trump in influencing the 2016 USA presidential election, a charge that all three parties deny.

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USA 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. This comes as special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the alleged links between US President Donald Trump's associates and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But he said Ecuador was not about to throw Assange out.

The whistleblower has been under investigation by the Justice Department since 2010 after WikiLeaks released classified reports on the war in Afghanistan.

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

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.

He noted that Assange still faces jail time in the United Kingdom for violating bail terms when he sought asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.

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