Ecuadorian President Pressures Assange to Leave Country's Embassy in London

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

Ecuador says Britain has guaranteed not to extradite Julian Assange

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno urged the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for years, claiming that the extradition to the United States no longer threatens him, as the UK has provided written assurance of it.

Mr Moreno said: "I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain almost incarcerated in an embassy".

USA 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.

Assange faces a British arrest warrant over violating bail conditions by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, but Sweden, which originally sought to question him on sexual abuse allegations, has said it is no longer seeking to extradite him.

'The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty, ' President Lenin Moreno told reporters on Thursday.

"More than five years in asylum is not human", Moreno said in an interview with Carmen Aristegui for CNN en Español.

Lenin Moreno's comments suggest that months of quiet diplomacy between the United Kingdom and Ecuador to resolve Assange's situation is bearing fruit at a time when questions are swirling about the former Australian hacker's legal fate in the US.

Those fears were heightened when U.S. prosecutors last month mistakenly referenced criminal charges against him in an unrelated case.

The WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum at the embassy since 2012.

Assange in turn sued, saying his rights as an Ecuadorian - he was granted citizenship a year ago as part of an apparent attempt to name him a diplomat and ferry him to Russian Federation - were being violated.

Many speculate they would be connected to the release of classified information, and Mr Assange fears a long prison sentence in the U.S. for what his supporters say is publishing information in the public interest.

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