Greenwald: Ecuador Working to Finalize Assange's Release to UK Officials

Newsmax | 7/22/2018 | Staff
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Ecuador is working to finalize an agreement to withdraw its asylum protection from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in order to throw him out of the country's embassy in London and turn him over to British authorities, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported on Saturday.

On Friday, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno was in London, where he was to speak at the Global Disabilities Summit, Greenwald reports on The Intercept, but the actual purpose was to meet with British officials to finalize the agreement to turn Assange over.

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The WikiLeaks founder has been at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012. Moreno will also travel to Madrid, notes Greenwald, where Spanish officials are angry over Assange's denouncing of Spain's government over human rights against protesters.

Ecuador earlier this year blocked Assange's internet access, notes Greenwald, blaming the decision on Spain's anger about Catalonia and the protesters.

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Assange could have his asylum withdrawn as early as this week, according to a source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and Moreno's office. The source said the president is close to finalizing the agreement to hand Assange over to British officials.

Greenwald noted that it's unlikely Moreno would seek any guarantees from British officials like protecting Assange from extradition to the United States to face threats from President Donald Trump's administration to prosecute him and take down WikiLeaks.

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If Assange is turned over to UK officials, it's likely he'll continue to be imprisoned. Greenwald argued that the WikiLeaks founder has been "effectively imprisoned for eight years" at the Ecuadorian embassy, even though he's never been convicted of a crime.

Assange currently is under an arrest warrant from 2021 for failure to surrender, filed when he obtained asylum from Ecuador rather than returning to court for a hearing concerning his extradition to Sweden.

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