Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal being measured between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, which would allow…
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal being measured between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, which would allow him to leave the London Ecuadorian Embassy for the first time in six years in Britain’s telegraphy reported
Ecuador President Lenín Moreno said that Assange could choose to leave the embassy without the risk of being expelled for expenses abroad.
“The road has been cleared for Assange to make a decision to leave in close freedom.” Moreno told the telegraph, without devising what “near freedom” meant.
Assange has been investigated by the US Department of Justice since 2010 after WikiLeaks leaked thousands of classified reports of the war in Afghanistan stolen by former US army intelligence analysts now known as Chelsea Manning.
WikiLeaks also posted thousands of emails stolen from Democrats by Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election, which has been a focus. Special Council Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: The United States should applaud the choice of Mueller to lead Russia’s probe MORE s probe in possible links between the Trump Campaign Federation and Russia.
DOJ last month unintentionally revealed in court proceedings that they have prepared allegations against Assange.
The allegations appear to be linked to Mueller’s investigation of Russian involvement in the presidential elections in 2016, but it is unclear what the charges are.
Assange expects to be sentenced in the United States and facing prison times.
“The proposal that as long as the death penalty is out of the table, Assange does not need to be afraid that the persecution is obviously wrong,” said Pollack to the outlet. “Nobody should demand criminal charges for publishing truthful information.”
Pollack added that because American has raised charges against Assange, Ecuador would continue to give him asylum.
Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 when British courts ordered him to be sent to Sweden to be questioned in a sexual assault case, which has since been lost. He is still facing allegations in Britain to skip the castle.
He has accused the Ecuadorian government trying to terminate his asylum because of new rules imposed on him by the embassy.
The new rules clause requires Assange to do a lot of things including payment of medical bills and phone calls, stay away from commenting on controversial topics and clean up after their pet tax.