Ecuador grants Julian Assange citizenship

Julian Assange

Ecuador has granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange citizenship, the South American country’s foreign minister announced Thursday. Ecuador gave Assange asylum after he sought refuge in its London embassy in 2012, seeking to avoid being extradited to Sweden for questioning about an alleged rape. Sweden dropped the investigation because it couldn’t interview Assange, but he has remained in the embassy for more than five years, fearing Britain will arrest him for jumping bail and send him to the U.S. to face espionage charges for leaking classified American documents. Britain’s Foreign Office said naturalizing Assange “does not in any way change” his legal jeopardy in the U.K.

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