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12 January 2018, 03:06 | Terri Saunders
Julian Assange granted citizenship by Ecuador
After spending more than half a decade living in the nation's London embassy, Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship.
Assange (46) was granted political asylum in the embassy when Swedish prosecutors were investigating sex crime allegations against him.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's name has appeared in an Ecuadorian government database of citizen identification numbers, fuelling speculation that he may have received citizenship from the Andean country.
"No solution will be achieved without global cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out", she told foreign correspondents in Quito, according to Agence France-Presse.
"Ecuador is now exploring other solutions in dialogue with the United Kingdom, like good offices of renowned authorities, other states, or global organizations that could facilitate a just, final and dignified solution for all parties", the minister told a press conference in Quito, according to Reuters.
While Sweden has dropped the case, Assange has remained inside the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.
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Ecuador was obliged to give him protection as "long as the life, integrity of this protected person could be at risks and danger", she said, adding that her government was exploring other options to resolve the seven-year standoff.
On Wednesday, Assange hinted that something was afoot when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing a yellow Ecuadorean soccer jersey.
In October 2016, Ecuador's government cut off Assange's Internet access following WikiLeaks' publication of Clinton staffers' emails, accusing the organization of meddling with the U.S. presidential election in a major way.
Speaking at a news conference in Quito, Espinosa said Assange was granted naturalization on December 12. He was succeeded by Lenín Moreno, who although an ally of Correa's has demonstrated little enthusiasm for Assange's cause. Unfortunately for Assange, neither Trump nor Putin have indicated they will help him out.
She said that Ecuador had "the best relations of friendship and cooperation" with Britain.
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