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Ecuador leader says Assange should leave embassy if United Kingdom gives guarantees

Ecuador leader says Assange should leave embassy if United Kingdom gives guarantees

Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April 2017 that arresting Assange was a "priority".

Assange says that he faces charges under seal in the U.S. for revealing sensitive government information on WikiLeaks, though the exact charges against him remain unclear.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said "the road is clear" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuador's London embassy, where he has lived for six years to avoid being arrested by British police and possibly extradited.

Ecuador's president has ramped up pressure on Julian Assange to leave his country's embassy in London, saying that Britain had provided sufficient guarantees that the WikiLeaks founder won't be extradited to face the death penalty overseas.

Moreno didn't say he would force Assange out, but said the activist's legal team is considering its next steps.

The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty.

Many speculate they would be connected to the release of classified information, and Mr Assange fears a long prison sentence in the U.S. for what his supporters say is publishing information in the public interest.

Ecuador says Britain has guaranteed not to extradite Julian Assange

United States prosecutors last month inadvertently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange, according to WikiLeaks, but it was not known what the actual charges were.

"If the British government guarantees his life, I think it's in his best interest to hand himself over to the authorities", CNN quoted Moreno as saying.

In recent months, Ecuador has clamped down on Assange and his behavior, cutting off his Internet access in March 2018 after making political statements that Ecuador said violated his agreement for sanctuary.

Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, wanted to escape extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, which were later dropped.

In November a filing error revealed that Mr Assange faced charges in the USA - although it was not clear what those charges were. Reports in May indicated that Assange might be in jeopardy of losing asylum.

Britain s the Guardian newspaper last month reported that Trump s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort held secret talks with Assange, whose organization is accused of leaking thousands of emails allegedly stolen by Russian hackers from the Democratic campaign of Hillary Clinton.

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