"The Obama administration was eager to prosecute Assange and WikiLeaks for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents, but ultimately concluded that there was no way to do so without either also prosecuting newspapers such as the New York Times and the Guardian which published the same documents", notes The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald, who reported on Saturday that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno is "close to finalizing" a deal to eject Assange from Ecuador's London embassy, where he has been living since 2012.
However, the Ecuadorian leader is also expected to use his trip to the British Isles to "finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection of Julian Assange", according to the Intercept's co-editor, Glenn Greenwald, who is best known for a series of reports detailing the USA surveillance programs based on the documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Glenn Greenwald has a piece up at the Intercept declaring that Julian Assange's tenure at Ecuador's London embassy may be coming to an end very soon. It goes back to Assange obtaining asylum from Ecuador and finding refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy instead of complying with bail conditions in the UK. The source said the president is close to finalizing the agreement to hand Assange over to British officials.
It is thus highly unlikely that Moreno - who has shown himself willing to submit to threats and coercion from the UK, Spain and the USA - will obtain a guarantee that the United Kingdom not extradite Assange to the US, where top Trump officials have vowed to prosecute Assange and destroy WikiLeaks. Greenwald also supported and defended Wikileaks, as well as the whistleblowers who provided materials for the website, for many years.
"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the U.K.'s Foreign Office said in a statement at the time.
He has already spent 10 days in Wandsworth Prison and then was ordered under house arrest for 550 days at a supporter's home. That violation carries a prison term of three months and a fine.
Swedish prosecutors already dropped their investigation a year ago into sexual assault allegations that had been filed against Assange. But the Trump administration would love to get their hands on Assange and make an example of him. The Trump administration, though, has no such concerns, noted Greenwald.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last April that the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the Justice Department.