Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over five years to avoid extradition to Sweden, is pleading with the Ecuadorian government to help get him safely out of his embassy and to a safe haven country, possibly Ecuador itself.
JULIAN Assange has pleaded with the new Ecuadorian government to help him engineer his release from the embassy in London.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the south American country’s embassy in London since 2012.
On Tuesday he released a statement saying: ”We hope that the new government in Ecuador can renew attempts to implement this (UN) decision.”
He made the plea to the new government following elections earlier in April, which saw Lenin Moreno elected president.
Mr Moreno replaces Rafael Correa, who was in power for more than a decade, and was the individual who initially granted asylum to Mr Assange.
The activist has lived at the address in Hans Crescent since they granted him diplomatic asylum after the 45-year-old faced extradition to Sweden to face rape charges.
The UK stationed police officers outside the embassy 24 hours a day in a multi-million pound operation.
But in 2015 the decision was made to stop the the surveillance, after costing an estimated £11.1 million.
The Australian claims he fears being extradited from Sweden to the US after they launched a criminal investigation into the publication of confidential cables, the majority of which were provided by Chelsea Manning.
They were a great embarrassment to the US as they exposed sensitive information relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But in a positive step towards his situation, the United Nations (UN) ruled last year his detention was illegal and said he should be allowed to be released, the decision Julian Assange was referring to.
They added that both Britain and Sweden should pay the activist compensation.
With no firm end in sight, Mr Assange has frequently given press conferences and statements from a small balcony at the residence where he lives.
Not short of fans, an unlikely admirer has come in form of former Playboy model Pamela Anderson.
The blonde bombshell has been spotted visiting Mr Assange at the embassy several times over the past couple of months, sparking rumours the pair have struck up a close friendship.
Still active in his position as editor-in-chief, WikiLeaks dropped another bombshell when it published Vault7 in March, a cache of thousands of documents supposedly from the CIA detailing hacking and surveillance tools.
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