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Submission + - Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 1

hcs_$reboot writes: Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange, who has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over five years. Quito has said naturalization should provide Assange with another layer of protection. However, naturalization appeared to do little to help the Australian-born WikiLeaks founder's case, with the British foreign ministry stressing that the only way to resolve the issue was for "Assange to leave the embassy to face justice."
Earlier on Thursday, Britain said that it had refused a request by Ecuador to grant Assange diplomatic status, which would have granted him special legal immunity and the right to safe passage under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
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Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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    Assange has been living in Ecuador's embassy since 2012, initially to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges (dropped since), but British police have said they are prepared to arrest him for breaching bail conditions. Assange fears a possible U.S. extradition request stemming from the leaking of classified U.S. documents"

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