WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon be left without his safe haven at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been residing since 2012.

Ecuador granted Assange's application for political asylum, but the United Kingdom government continues to deny him safe passage to the government, even after Swedish prosecutors' announcement last May that they were closing the original sexual assault investigation.

Swedish prosecutors earlier this year unexpectedly dropped their investigation into the allegations, which included a claim of rape.

"No solution will be achieved without worldwide cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out", Espinosa said.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the South American country was "considering and exploring the possibility of mediation" to end the "untenable" five-year impasse.

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"From a human point of view, [it] is not sustainable", Espinosa said of Assange's current arrangement. President Lenin Moreno has described Assange as a "hacker", while stressing he would not be kicked out of the embassy.

WikiLeaks in 2010 released troves of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan and tens of thousands of leaked USA diplomatic cables, many of which were highly classified. Not being able to see his children grow up was "not something I can forgive", he said.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange raises his fist prior to addressing the media on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. Four months later police lifted the round-the-clock guard on the basis it was no longer proportionate.

The Foreign Minister said that Ecuador remains committed to ensuing Assange's safety.

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