One tentative plan involved smuggling Mr. Assange out of the embassy in a diplomatic vehicle on Christmas Eve and transporting him to another country, possibly Russian Federation, where he stood a lesser risk of being extradited to the USA and tried on charges related to his WikiLeaks website, The Guardian reported.
That could of very well been the case in 2017 - when Ecuador attempted to give the Wikileaks founder a diplomatic post in Moscow, but were forced to rescind the offer after the British refused to play ball, a report says.
The designation was revealed in a letter written previous year to opposition legislator Paola Vintimilla by Ecuador's foreign ministry, which was obtained by Reuters.
Last December, Ecuador granted Julian Assange the necessary security clearances to work in their embassy in Russian Federation.
In 2012, Assange sought refuge in London's Ecuadorian Embassy to escape extradition to Sweden, which had issued a warrant for his arrest on sexual harassment and rape charges.
According to the letter, Mr Assange was given "special designation" so that he could "carry out functions at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Russia".
"Special designation" refers to the Ecuadorean president's right to name political allies to a fixed number of diplomatic posts even if they are not career diplomats.
Russian Federation was one of the final destination options for Assange, according to sources who shared information with the Guardian. It took the newspaper a mere five paragraphs of its 1,000-word report to bring up "questions about Assange's ties to the Kremlin" in the context of the notorious Mueller probe and alleged "Russian hacking" of the USA elections. The Ecuadorean foreign ministry could not be reached for comment. The plot was tabled after it was deemed too treacherous, but the planned escape orchestrated by the Russians reveals deeper links between Assange and the Kremlin.
"The Embassy has never engaged either with Ecuadorian colleagues, or with anyone else, in discussions on any kind of Russia's participation in ending Mr Assange's stay within the diplomatic mission of Ecuador", Russia's embassy in London wrote on its web site in a response to The Guardian story.
Despite widespread speculation over the summer that he may soon be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy by Moreno as part of an effort to establish closer ties with the US, Assange's asylum status seems to be safe for now, his lawyer told RT on Thursday.
Among those documents is a December 4 letter from Assange in which he renounced his request for political asylum from Ecuador in preparation to become an Ecuadorean diplomat.
Ecuador naturalized Mr. Assange in late 2017, but a subsequent attempt to grant him diplomatic status days later was quickly quashed by United Kingdom authorities.