United Kingdom rejects Assange diplomatic immunity request

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange | AP

Britain has refused a request by Ecuador for diplomatic status to be given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office says.

"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice".

Reports swirled this week that Assange had been given citizenship by Ecuador, the nation that granted him political asylum back in 2012 amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Although Swedish authorities have since dropped their extradition warrant, British officials have signaled their intent on arresting him if he leaves Ecuador's diplomatic compound in London.

Ecuador asks London to recognize Assange as a diplomat, which would give him immunity from arrest.

This option would involve Mr Assange leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, being arrested by the United Kingdom police and prosecuted for breaching his bail conditions.

"Safe passage [could] be granted for him to go to Ecuador where he would continue to enjoy diplomatic asylum and protection", Professor Don Rothwell said.

The nation's foreign minister announced Thursday that officials had chose to permit Assange's naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.

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Ecuador is seeking to make progress with Britain over the fate of Julian Assange.

Referencing a 2016 UN ruling that said Assange was being "arbitrarily detained", WikiLeaks responded: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language".

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics.

February 2015 his lawyers petition Sweden's Supreme Court to quash the arrest warrant.

The rape allegations case remains open and active.

October 12, 2015: Metropolitan Police end the 24-hour guard at the Embassy.

January 17, 2017: Barack Obama, in one of his final acts as President of the United States, decides to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

June 19, 2017: Assange cancels a "special announcement" he had planned for the fifth anniversary of his stay at the Embassy. Ecuador has repeatedly urged Assange not to interfere in the affairs of other countries following his frequent online comments on global issues.



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