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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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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.

Ecuador said that the UK has given such a guarantee, but Moreno said he needs clarification on the British position. The British Foreign Office referred a CNN Ecuador removed its ambassador to the UK two weeks ago, sparking renewed speculation over Assange 's future at the embassy in London.

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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The UK Foreign Office reportedly rejected a request from Quito to grant the whistleblower WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has allegedly been issued an Ecuadorian ID in a bid to end " Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.”

It is hard to see how Assange can leave the embassy and not end up being arrested for breach of bail, which could lead to him being imprisoned. The UK Foreign Office responded by saying: “ Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.”

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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QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador 's president has ramped up pressure on Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London. Assange in turn sued, saying his rights as an Ecuadorian — he was granted citizenship last year as part of an apparent attempt to name him a diplomat and ferry him to

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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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