Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Kerry Wise
January 12, 2018

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's name has appeared in an Ecuadorian government database of citizen identification numbers, fuelling speculation that he may have received citizenship from the Andean country.

Ecuador Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced this today.

"There are well-founded fears we have about possible risks to his life and integrity, not necessarily by the United Kingdom but by third party states", Espinosa said.

It was reported Wednesday by an Ecuadoran daily that Quito had granted Assange a passport and national ID card, prompting speculation that he could be offered citizenship and diplomatic status, allowing him to leave the country.

The Ecuadorean government has confirmed that Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship on 12 December.

"Ecuador is now exploring other forms of resolution, of course, amid a dialogue with the United Kingdom, for example through mediation", Espinosa said.

Assange is committed to not "intervening in issues non-related with his asylum condition", as requested by Ecuadorian government, the statement continued.

Ecuador's president at the time, Rafael Correa, was a vocal critic of the USA and an ally of another high-profile U.S. critic - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. However, prosecutor Marianne Ny stated that she would "resume the investigation immediately" if Assange chose to "make himself available" at some future date.

Manhunt underway for MI couple accused of scalding 4-year-old
Sumpter Township police have released photos of a man and woman they say are wanted in the death of their 4-year-old daughter. A manhunt is underway for the couple, who may be in a black 2002 Chevy Cavalier, with MI license plate number, DTR 1854.

The moment he leaves the embassy, the United Kingdom is likely to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions when he sought asylum after losing his appeal.

Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

"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 UK has refused, saying Mr Assange - who has been at the embassy since 2012 - should now leave and "face justice".

Assange has refused to step outside the embassy and claimed he fears being extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' publication of leaked secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

August 16, 2012: Ecuador grants Assange political asylum.

Also in 2014, Assange files a complaint against Sweden and Britain with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the global working class.