Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Julian Assange Is Granted Citizenship From Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy prior to speaking, in London, Friday May 19, 2017.

The Ecuadorean embassy in London has been the permanent home for Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. In an extraordinary move, Ecuador on Thursday granted citizenship to Julian Assange in an effort to move him out of their London embassy.

The decision was made after the British government denied the request to give Assange diplomatic status, according to Reuters. If Ecuador’s request had been accepted, Assange would have gotten immunity from arrest if he were to depart from the embassy.

This move to make Assange a citizen comes a year after the Ecuadorean president spoke out against him. The Ecuadorean foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, stated in the press release that she hoped to find a solution to this ongoing dilemma.

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Julian Assange Is Granted Citizenship From Ecuador