Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Seeks Solution With Britain

Assange has been holed up for more than five years in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, Britain, in this file photo. 
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was "naturalised" as an Ecuadorean on 12 December, at his request, Ecuador's foreign minister said on Thursday, adding that she was seeking a "dignified" solution to his situation with Britain.

Britain said earlier on Thursday it had refused a request by Ecuador for Assange to be given diplomatic status.

Assange has been holed up for more than five years in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed Assange's citizenship request at a press conference in Quito. She said she feared for threats to Assange's life coming from third party States.

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