Monday, 10 December, 2018

Britain PREVENTED Julian Assange from becoming Ecuadorian diplomat in Russian Federation

Special designation’? Ecuador reportedly mulled sending Assange as a diplomat to Russia TOLGA AKMEN AFP
Deanna Wagner | 22 September, 2018, 17:40

Russian officials had devised a covert plan to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange escape to Russia from his Ecuadorian embassy hideout in London, a United Kingdom media report claimed on Friday.

The Foreign Office responded a couple of days later, stating: "We did not consider that Mr Assange enjoys any type of privileges and immunities under the Vienna Convention". The Ecuadorean foreign ministry could not be reached for comment.

On Friday evening, neither WikiLeaks nor the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry immediately responded to Ars' request for comment via Twitter. Ecuador could have given Mr. Assange diplomatic documents, and he could have then been picked up from the embassy by Russians and taken away in diplomatic vehicle, the report said.

Were Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has lived since 2012, he would nearly certainly be arrested by British authorities. The Australian national had sought asylum from Ecuador over fears of further extradition to the USA for sedition and espionage for leaking secretive documents on Wikileaks.

Assange, who was granted political asylum by Quito in 2012, announced he had been made an Ecuadorean citizen after Christmas, shortly after the embassy had been rejected in its...

"The Guardian" has now claimed that Russian officials were involved in a "basic" plan to extract the Wikileaks founder from the embassy on Christmas Eve a year ago and fly him to Russia.

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The story, which cited unidentified sources, said "details of the plan were sketchy" and that it was aborted because it was deemed too risky.

US President Donald Trump faces an investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win that election.

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.

While Assange has maintained that he did not receive the stolen Democratic National Committee emails - that were posted on WikiLeaks - from the Russians, special counsel Robert Mueller has filed charges against a slew of Russian intelligence officials for allegedly hacking the DNC servers.

The Australian was planning to eventually travel to Ecuador, the letter says.

Ecuador's president Moreno has said Assange's asylum cannot be eternal but has also been reluctant to abruptly halt it on concerns that Assange's human rights could be at risk.