Ecuador says Britain has guaranteed not to extradite Julian Assange

Ecuador says Britain has guaranteed not to extradite Julian Assange

Ecuador says Britain has guaranteed not to extradite Julian Assange

Similarly, Sweden has recently said that they would not extradite Assange to the United States if the death penalty was on the table.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said "the road is clear" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuador's London embassy, where he has lived for six years to avoid being arrested by British police and possibly extradited.

Moreno underlined that Assange should not be scared that he could be transferred to a country where he could face the death penalty.

The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty.

Moreno didn't say he would force Assange out, but said the Wikileaks founder's legal team is considering its next steps.

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.

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.

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But he said Ecuador was not about to throw Assange out.

Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Assange's Wikileaks released a variety of US secrets, including diplomatic cables and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools, as well as a dump of email hacked from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

After having caught up in allegations of sexual harassment in 2010, Assange took asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Over the past months, the Ecuadorian authorities have been putting various restrictions on the conditions of Assange's stay in the embassy, which the whistleblower's defense called the violation of human rights.

"We will protect Mr. Assange's rights - this is why we are looking for a solution, but this needs to be an agreed solution", he said.

Assange founded WikiLeaks as a whistle-blower organization in Iceland 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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