Conditions met for Assange to leave Ecuador embassy in London: President


Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of WikiLeaks in Berlin in October 2016

Assange has long maintained the he faces charges under seal in the U.S for revealing highly sensitive government information on his website.

"There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom".

The UK has told Ecuador that Assange's jail time would not exceed six months and that he would not face extradition to a country where he would face the death penalty.

That has always been a concern for Assange and those advocating for him, as he could potentially face the death penalty if extradited to the United States for his leak of a huge trove of diplomatic cables in 2010.

Ecuador's president said Thursday that conditions have been met for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London, which would end a more than six-year-long standoff with British authorities.

He also commented on the extraordinary length of time Mr Assange has been living in the embassy.

Though Moreno did not force Assange to leave the embassy, he stated that Assange's legal team is considering the next move.

U.S. 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.

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Assange could be questioned in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to office.

"We do not see the British changing their point of view, they continue to insist that he appear before the courts", said Valencia.

Assange sought asylum at the embassy in 2012 while facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April 2017 that arresting Assange was a "priority".

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 founded WikiLeaks as a whistle-blower organization in Iceland in 2006.

In November a filing error revealed that Mr Assange faced charges in the United States - although it was not clear what those charges were.

Assange has remained in Ecuador's embassy in London for fear that he will be extradited to countries where he is wanted or that he will be arrested in the United Kingdom for the criminal offence of breaching his bail conditions.

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