Ecuador: Road Clear for Assange to Leave London Embassy

Ecuador says ‘the road is clear’ for Julian Assange to leave embassy

Assange fears he could face the death penalty for his role in the US for leaking classified information.

If the British government guarantees that Julian Assange will not be extradited to a third country where he could face the death penalty, Assange should hand himself in to the authorities, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said.

While Moreno says Britain has assured Ecuador that Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will not face extradition if he leaves the embassy, he will face arrest by United Kingdom authorities and upwards of six months in prison for skipping bail.

He did not say he would force Mr Assange out, but said Mr Assange's legal team is considering its next steps.

"The British government has told us that the constitution of Great Britain bars extradition of a person to a place where his life is in danger or he faces the death penalty", Moreno said in a radio interview.

U.S. 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.

Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, wanted to escape extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, which were later dropped.

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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.

WikiLeaks has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of any links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

That has always been a concern for Assange and those advocating for him, as he could potentially face the death penalty if extradited to the USA for his leak of a huge trove of diplomatic cables in 2010.

Assange founded WikiLeaks as a whistle-blower organization in Iceland in 2006. "We will protect Assange's rights".

Moreno, however, said Assange had to answer to Britain for violating asylum terms when the WikiLeaks founder asked for protection to avoid being sent to Sweden.

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