Britain PREVENTED Julian Assange from becoming Ecuadorian diplomat in Russian Federation

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012

The "special designation" status awarded by the Ecuadorian president would allow Assange to hold diplomatic posts overseas even if the whistleblower is not career diplomat.

Julian Assange has warned that global surveillance of citizens will soon be "unavoidable" thanks to social media and online applications of official documents such as passports. WikiLeaks has vehemently that Assange did so. Trump and Russian Federation deny collusion.

Despite widespread speculation over the summer that he may soon be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy by Moreno as part of an effort to establish closer ties with the US, Assange's asylum status seems to be safe for now, his lawyer told RT on Thursday.

"The Embassy has never engaged either with Ecuadorian colleagues, or with anyone else, in discussions on any kind of Russia's participation in ending Mr Assange's stay within the diplomatic mission of Ecuador", it wrote. WikiLeaks website did not respond to an email seeking comment.

"Russian diplomats contacted neither employees of the Ecuadorian embassy in London nor Mr. Assange's representatives in order organize his departure from the United Kingdom", the ministry said on Friday, commenting on a publication in the Guardian, which claimed that "Russian diplomats held secret talks in London previous year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK".

Vintimilla also noted that Assange's naturalization documents "mysteriously" lack the signature of then-Foreign Minister MarĂ­a Espinosa.

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But Britain's Foreign Office in a 21 December note said it did not accept Assange as a diplomat and that it did not "consider that Mr. Assange enjoys any type of privileges and immunities under the Vienna Convention", reads the letter, citing a British diplomatic note.

In March, the Ecuadorian government disconnected Assange's internet access and barred him from receiving visitors for allegedly violating "a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states".

Mr. Assange, 47, was granted asylum by Ecuador within weeks of seeking refuge in its London embassy more than six years ago, though an outstanding arrest warrant issued by United Kingdom authorities and the related risk of being extradited overseas have kept him from exiting ever since.

Assange has always denied wrongdoing in the case, which he cast as a prelude to extradition to the US.

While Wikileaks published the stolen emails (including ones from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign), Assange has vehemently denied he received them from Russians or that he colluded with the country's intelligence services.

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