February 6 , 2018 – FRN –
The government of Ecuador will continue to provide international protection to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. This was reported by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the South American country.
As specified in the statement of the foreign ministry posted on its official website, Ecuador will continue to provide protection to Julian Assange, so long as there is a threat to his life. The Government of Ecuador maintains the best relations with the United Kingdom and will continue to make further efforts to find a solution that satisfies both states and is respectful of human rights.
In 2012, Assange appealed to the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission in London to seek asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden, where an arrest warrant was issued in connection with accusations of harassment and rape.
Assange feared that Sweden would deport him to the United States of America, where the Australian faces 35 years of imprisonment or the death penalty for publishing classified documents of the State Department. The founder of WikiLeaks rejects the accusations and calls them politically motivated.
On February 6, the London court found no reason to satisfy the request for the cancellation of the warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange, by his lawyer. This decision was justified by the fact that Assange did not appear at the hearing, thus violating the current judicial procedure. The court will have another hearing on February 13.