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OffbeatAssange rejects deal between UK, Ecuador for him to leave embassy

05:20  07 december  2018
05:20  07 december  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal brokered between Ecuador and the United Kingdom that would allow him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the first time in six years

Julian Assange rejects UK - Ecuador deal for him to leave the. Julian Assange 's lawyer has rejected an agreement announced by Ecuador 's president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after six years On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached

Assange rejects deal between UK, Ecuador for him to leave embassy© Getty Images Assange rejects deal between UK, Ecuador for him to leave embassy WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal brokered between Ecuador and the United Kingdom that would allow him to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the first time in six years,the U.K.'s Telegraph reported.

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno said Assange can choose to leave the embassy without the risk of being extradited for charges abroad.

"The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty," Moreno told The Telegraph, without elaborating on what "near liberty" meant.

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Julian Assange ’s lawyer has rejected a plan for the WikiLeaks founder to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London after six years holed up inside the According to the president, the UK has told Ecuador that his jail time would not exceed six months and that he would not face extradition if he left

Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador , has made no secret of his wish to be rid of the WikiLeaks founder, who sought asylum inside the embassy in June 2012 and has not left since. On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached between London and Quito to allow Mr Assange

Assange's lawyer, Barry Pollack, told The Telegraph that the U.K.-Ecuador agreement was not acceptable because it did not protect Assange from being extradited to the United States.

Assange has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) since 2010 after WikiLeaks leaked thousands of classified reports on the war in Afghanistan stolen by the former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

WikiLeaks also posted thousands of emails stolen from Democrats by Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election, which has been a focus of . special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible links between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

The DOJ last month inadvertently revealed in a court filing that they have prepared charges against Assange.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal brokered between Ecuador and the United Kingdom that would allow him to leave the Assange ’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, told The Telegraph that the U . K .- Ecuador agreement was not acceptable because it did not protect Assange

Julian Assange ’s lawyer has rejected an agreement announced by Ecuador ’s president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after six years On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached between London and Quito to allow Mr Assange , 47, to be released.

The charges appear to be tied to Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election but it is unclear what the charges are.

Assange reportedly fears being convicted in the U.S. and facing prison time.

"The suggestion that as long as the death penalty is off the table, Mr Assange need not fear persecution is obviously wrong," Pollack told the outlet. "No one should have to face criminal charges for publishing truthful information."

Pollack added that since it appears that the U.S. has brought charges against Assange, Ecuador should continue providing him asylum.

Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 when British courts ordered he be extradited to Sweden to be questioned in a sexual assault case, which has since been dropped. He still faces charges in U.K. for skipping bail.

He has accused the Ecuadorean government of trying to end his asylum because of new rules the embassy has imposed on him.

The set of new rules require Assange to do a variety of things including pay for medical bills and phone calls, stay away from commenting on controversial topics and clean up after his pet cat.

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