Conditions met for Assange to leave Ecuador embassy in London: president

Conditions met for Assange to leave Ecuador embassy in London: president

Addressing Assange's residency in the embassy, Moreno said: "I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain almost incarcerated in an embassy". 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.

Ecuador's president says Britain has provided sufficient guarantees for Julian Assange to leave his government's embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum since 2012.

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.

"The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave", Moreno said, referring to written assurances he said he had received from Britain.

President Moreno also said, "I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights".

Federal criminal charges against Assange have been filed secretly in the United States and were accidentally leaked in a court filing for an unrelated case several weeks ago. 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.

WikiLeaks has released thousands of classified United States military documents, among other disclosures, including thousands of emails that were hacked from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

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Mr Assange fled to the embassy to avoid charges of rape, sexual molestation and coercion.

In recent months, Ecuador has clamped down on Assange and his behavior, cutting off his Internet access in March 2018 after making political statements that Ecuador said violated his agreement for sanctuary.

And while Mr Assange remains protected in the Ecuadorian embassy, there have been indications that officials in that country are losing patience with him.

Mr Assange has denied any connection to Russian Federation.

Mr Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006.

Assange has remained in Ecuador's embassy in London for fear that he will be extradited to countries where he is wanted or that he will be arrested in the United Kingdom for the criminal offence of breaching his bail conditions.

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