Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stay

Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stayBy Alexandra Valencia and Mark Hosenball QUITO/LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador has given citizenship to Julian Assange as part of its efforts to allow the WikiLeaks founder to leave the country’s London embassy where he has been holed up for more than five years. Ecuador made the move hours after the British government refused a request from the South American nation for Assange to be given diplomatic status, which could give him immunity from arrest should he try to leave the embassy. After a year in which Ecuador’s president has spoken out against Assange, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said she hoped to find a solution to his dilemma.



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