WikiLeaks's Julian Assange becomes Ecuadorean citizen

WikiLeaks's Julian Assange becomes Ecuadorean citizen

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Tuesday that Ecuador was in close contact with Britain and might seek mediation to solve a situation she described as "unsustainable".

Swedish prosecutors dropped their probe into the allegations but British police said Assange would be arrested for breaching bail conditions should he leave the building.

He is still in the embassy, however, as he fears if he leaves he will be extradited to the US.

It comes soon after the UK's Foreign Office rejected Ecuador's attempt to grant Assange - who is Australian by birth - diplomatic status. Although Sweden is no longer seeking his extradition, Assange has refused to leave, saying that he fears Britain would extradite him to the United States to face charges relating to his involvement in multiple releases of documents that US officials say have damaged national security.

Assange's US lawyer Barry Pollack had no comment. Assange, who has been sheltered in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 19, 2012 when he was granted political asylum, began the application in September.

The minister said that her government has conducted talks with officials from the United Kingdom to explore the options and find an exit for Assange.

Assange posted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt on Wednesday, which added to the speculation he had been received citizenship.

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Assange's legal team this week reiterated its demand that London abide by the United Nations ruling declaring him to be unlawfully and arbitrarily detained and calling for him to be freed and compensated.

Assange also points out that he has no limitations under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), under which Ecuador granted him asylum.

Assange has compared living inside the embassy - a gardenless apartment in London's plush Knightsbridge district, opposite Harrods department store - to life on a space station.

The document in question can be found through civil registry number 1729926483, under the name Julian Paul Assange, and was issued on December 21, according to the Daily Mail and El Universo.

The UK could agree not arrest him and permit his transfer to an airport so he can be flown to Quito.

However, senior government office holders have been highly critical of Mr Assange in the past and he continues to fear prosecution.

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

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