Ecuador’s Moreno says Wikileaks’ Assange can leave embassy if he wants

In this file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (AP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Ecuador’s Moreno says Wikileaks’ Assange can leave embassy if he wants

  • Assange has claimed that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and hand him over to the United States
  • Wikileaks has released thousands of classified US military documents, among other disclosures

QUITO: Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that there was a “path” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the South American country’s London embassy, where he has lived for six years under asylum, if he so chooses.
Assange has claimed that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and hand him over to the United States, where prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against him. Wikileaks has released thousands of classified US military documents, among other disclosures.
“There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom,” Moreno said in a local radio interview.
He noted that Assange still faces jail time in the United Kingdom for violating bail terms when he sought asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
The investigation was later dropped, but Great Britain says he will be arrested if leaves the embassy.
Moreno said the sentence for skipping bail would be “not long.” The UK has told Ecuador that his jail time would not exceed six months and that he would not face extradition if he left the embassy.
Assange insists British authorities will hand him over to the United States.
“I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain nearly incarcerated in an embassy,” Moreno said.


Daesh teenager Shamima Begum will not be allowed into Bangladesh

Updated 44 min 52 sec ago
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Daesh teenager Shamima Begum will not be allowed into Bangladesh

  • Foreign ministry in Dhaka said “she is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh”

A teenager who was stripped of her British citizenship after leaving London to join the Daeshgroup is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was “no question” of her being allowed to enter the country, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said on Wednesday.
It added it was “deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom.”
Shamima Begum, 19, left to join Daesh when she was 15 but now wants to return. Her British citizenship was revoked on security grounds.
“She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh,” the Bangledeshi foreign ministry said in a statement.