Conditions met for Assange to leave Ecuador embassy in London: president

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno delivers his first annual state-of-the-nation address inside the National Assembly in Quito Ecuador. Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday Dec. 6 2018 that Britain has

UK guarantees are enough for Julian Assange to leave embassy, Ecuador’s president says

Assange said he feared the charges might be used to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of divulging sensitive USA intelligence through the WikiLeaks website.

"The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave", Moreno said, referring to written assurances he said he had received from Britain.

While Moreno says Britain has assured Ecuador that Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will not face extradition if he leaves the embassy, he will face arrest by United Kingdom authorities and upwards of six months in prison for skipping bail.

"The suggestion that as long as the death penalty is off the table, Mr. Assange need not fear persecution is obviously wrong", Barry Pollack told The Telegraph.

Ecuador's president said Thursday that conditions have been met for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London, which would end a more than six-year-long standoff with British authorities.

United States 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.

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday Dec. 6 2018 Britain has provided suffic

WikiLeaks' role in releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee in 2016 has also been under scrutiny as special counsel Robert Mueller has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was involved.

Assange sought asylum at the embassy in 2012 while facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. The investigation in Sweden was later dropped, and Ecuador said there were no pending extradition requests against Assange.

And while Mr Assange remains protected in the Ecuadorian embassy, there have been indications that officials in that country are losing patience with him.

In November, WikiLeaks suggested that the U.S. authorities might have brought sealed charges against Assange, citing a filing in an unrelated case that used Assange's name in an "apparent cut-and-paste error". The Justice Department prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him.

Mr Assange has denied any connection to Russian Federation.

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