The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, deplored that granting the nationality to Julian Assange, asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, did not help to solve the situation of the creator of WikiLeaks.
“It was a failed attempt that did not work (…) and, on the contrary, far from solving the problem, it became more difficult to do so,” the president said at a meeting with the foreign press in Quito.
The Moreno government announced in December 2017 that it granted the nationality to Assange, who has been taking refuge since 2012 in the Ecuadorian legation in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden, which demanded him to face alleged sex crimes that he denies. The Australian now fears leaving the embassy, being arrested and ending up extradited to the United States for having spread thousands of official secrets of that country.
Moreno said that after the failed attempt with the naturalization of Assange, Ecuador applies another tactic to try to resolve the case. “In this new stage we have started where we should have started: talking with the authorities in England,” he said.
The president emphasized that “we have started a very fruitful dialogue, in which they have given us some type of information so that we can use it for the benefit of international regulations and for the benefit of Mr. Assange’s rights of life.”
He added that “it is not within our desire, it is not in the desire of Mr. Assange to remain a refugee all his life that is why we have to find a solution, and if we do it together with the English government much better”.
Moreno estimated that a settlement to the Assange case could be made in the “medium term”. In March, Ecuador cut all communications with Assange outside by continuing to interfere in matters of other countries and warned that it could adopt “new measures in the face of the breach of the commitment” of the Australian not to interfere in these matters.
“We are going to protect him as far as his life is concerned.” Of course, this also has conditions, the conditions have to be met and Mr. Assange has more than once exceeded those conditions and has made statements that do not correspond mainly to the policy of friendly countries, and that is not within their asylum rights, “Moreno said Wednesday. (I)