Britain promises not to extradite Julian Assange

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2018

He said: "There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom".

WikiLeaks has released thousands of classified U.S. military documents, among other disclosures, including thousands of emails that were hacked from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Assange has remained in Ecuador's embassy in London for fear that he will be extradited to countries where he is wanted or that he will be arrested in the United Kingdom for the criminal offence of breaching his bail conditions.

In the meantime, Moreno has not said whether Ecuador will make Assange leave the embassy just yet.

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.

Ecuador has been looking to evict Assange from its London embassy for several months amid souring relations.

But nothing is preventing it from extraditing him to the US if prosecutors there were to pledge not to seek the death penalty.

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Those fears were heightened when U.S prosecutors last month mistakenly referenced criminal charges against him in an unrelated case.

Assange entered the embassy after two years of battling an extradition to Sweden to be questioned by prosecutors, who were considering whether charges should be brought against Assange for sexual assault.

Mueller charged 12 Russian spies in July with conspiring to hack the Democratic National Committee in an effort to sway the election.

"The British government sent us an official communication indicating that the constitution of Great Britain bars extradition of a person to a place where his life would be in danger", Moreno said. Transmitting defense information to be used for injuring the United States can be punishable by death.

Assange has also been accused of using his anti-secrecy website to collaborate with Russian Federation and President Donald Trump in influencing the 2016 US presidential election, a charge that all three parties deny.

Moreno said he would prefer Assange hand himself over because of the cost Ecuador is paying after granting him asylum as well as for his own good.

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