Ecuador: U.K. guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

Ecuador: U.K. guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

Ecuador: U.K. guarantees for Assange to leave embassy

Similarly, Sweden has recently said that they would not extradite Assange to the United States if the death penalty was on the table. Assange fears he could face the death penalty for his role in the USA for leaking classified information.

Moreno said his administration was assured that if Assange is let out of the embassy, and thus falls back under the UK's jurisdiction, he would not be extradited to any country where he would face a death penalty.

Moreno, however, said Britain had guaranteed that the 47-year-old Australian would not be extradited to any country where his life would be in danger.

"The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave", Moreno said, referring to written assurances he said he had received from Britain.

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

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Over the past months, the Ecuadorian authorities have been putting various restrictions on the conditions of Assange's stay in the embassy, which the whistleblower's defense called the violation of human rights.

Mr Assange fled to the embassy to avoid charges of rape, sexual molestation and coercion.

Federal criminal charges against Assange have been filed secretly in the U.S. and were accidentally leaked in a court filing for an unrelated case several weeks ago.

U.S. prosecutors inadvertently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange last month, according to WikiLeaks.

Assange sought asylum at the embassy in 2012 while facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.

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But he said Ecuador was not about to throw Assange out.

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

Moreno noted that Assange still faced 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 rape investigation.

Britain s the Guardian newspaper last month reported that Trump s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort held secret talks with Assange, whose organization is accused of leaking thousands of emails allegedly stolen by Russian hackers from the Democratic campaign of Hillary Clinton.

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