Ecuador dismisses WikiLeaks claim to expel Assange from Embassy

WikiLeaks is trying to stain dignity of Ecuador by claiming the country’s Embassy in London wants to expel its founder Julian Assange from the facility where he has been taking refuge since 2012 to avoid arrest, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to local police arrest warrant for Assange is still active and he should be detained immediately after leaving the Embassy.

Ecuador’s National Assembly issued last month a resolution to investigate whether the WikiLeaks founder was behind the leaking of private information of President Lenin Moreno on social platforms.

The ministry added further that Ecuador has filed a complaint with UN over such illicit publications.

The statement read, “Assange has rights but also obligations to comply with… No person under the jurisdiction of Ecuador is above the Law.”

Assange is now a citizen of Ecuador. He became an Ecuadorian last year. Originally he is from Austria and founded WikiLeaks in 2006. About four years later he gained attention for publishing leaks provided by former US Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, Chelsea Manning, who later refused to testify before a federal grand jury.

Ecuador’s National Assembly issued last month a resolution to investigate whether the WikiLeaks founder was behind the leaking of private information of President Lenin Moreno

In between, Swedish government issued an international arrest warrant against Assange over allegations of rape and sexual assault. He surrendered to British police but later fled after being released on bail.

However, Sweden has since then dropped the investigation and lately the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is now a free man and can walk out of the Ecuador Embassy in London whenever he wishes to.

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