Julian Assange is made Ecuadorian citizen in effort to resolve impasse

Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Julian Assange standoff: Foreign minister

It comes after Britain refused a request by Ecuador for diplomatic status to be given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Assange's request for naturalization in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012.

Mr Assange, 46, breached his bail conditions when he sought political refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, while facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden. But Assange still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside the embassy and WikiLeaks has voiced fears that the USA will seek his extradition and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. He faces arrest for breaking the terms of bail set by British court during the extradition proceedings when he leaves the small apartment in London's Knightsbridge neighbourhood.

Australian-born Assange fears he will eventually be extradited to the USA and prosecuted over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of secret United States military documents and cables in 2010. Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso pledged to evict the Australian within 30 days of taking office, while current President Lenin Moreno said he would allow him to stay.

Julian Assange posted this picture of himself in an Ecuadorian football shirt on Twitter.

A United Nations panel concluded in 2016 that Assange was under arbitrary detention.

A statement by Assange's legal team said he was being held unlawfully.

In addition to the aforementioned crimes, Assange was also charged and tried for the rape of two Swedish women. Assange's legal team has called on United Kingdom and Swedish authorities to end his "deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation".

His radical anti-secrecy agenda has polarised opinion between those who hail him as a hero, and critics who say WikiLeaks has put lives in danger by releasing confidential government documents. He's been holed up in the embassy for over five years now, with little hope of being able leave a free man.

Assange's relationship with Ecuador has strained in recent years, most notably since the appointment of president Lenin Moreno in 2017 who warned him he "cannot meddle in national and global politics", especially in regards to "politics of countries that are our friends".

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

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