QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the nation’s embassy in London for more than five years.
The nation’s foreign minister announced Thursday that officials had decided to permit Assange’s naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.READ MORE: Federal Court Rules Closure Of Gun Shops At Start Of Pandemic Unconstitutional
Ecuador gave Assange political asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims.READ MORE: USC To Require Security Guards In Hallways And Stairs Leading To Bedrooms During Fraternity Parties
Sweden dropped the case, though Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.
Britain’s Foreign Office said Thursday it had rejected Ecuador’s request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, who was born in Australia.MORE NEWS: Authorities Searching For Missing Temple City Man
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