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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted citizenship by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted citizenship by Ecuador

Ecuador has also sought to give Assange diplomatic status, but Britain has rejected the request. While Swedish prosecutors dropped extradition requests related to sex crime allegations in May 2017, Assange fears that if British police detain him, USA prosecutors will immediately issue an extradition request over Wikileaks' decision to publish troves of secret U.S. military documents.

Mr Assange faces arrest for breaking his bail conditions if he leaves Ecuador's London embassy, where he has resided since 2012, claiming asylum.

News of his naturalization comes a day after he it was revealed he had been given an Ecuadorian passport.

August 2010: An arrest warrant is issued for Julian Assange after his trip to Sweden.

A United Nations panel concluded in 2016 that Mr Assange was under arbitrary detention. The WikiLeaks chief believes that the USA government is seeking his extradition and prosecution. Moreno issued a public demand that Assange not interfere in the politics of "nations that are our friends".

Prosecutors there dropped the allegations in May 2017.

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.

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His continued political activism creates diplomatic headaches for Ecuador. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.

Swedish authorities withdrew charges but Assange says he fears being arrested and extradited to the United States for the publication of confidential documents on Iraqi and Afghanistan wars on the online platform.

She confirmed Assange's citizenship request at a press conference in Quito, saying she feared for threats to his life coming from third party states.

However, others see him as a criminal who undermined the security of the West by exposing secrets.

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

For some, Assange is an activist who exposed government abuses of power and championed free speech.

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