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Russian plan to smuggle Julian Assange out of embassy leaked

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FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
Julian
Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in
London.

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  • The details of a bold plot to smuggle Wikileaks founder
    Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London have
    leaked.
  • Sources told the Guardian newspaper that Russian
    diplomats held secret talks with people close to Assange with
    the goal of smuggling him out in a diplomatic car, potentially
    to Russia.
  • Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the
    US if he was in Russia.
  • The plan, due to take place in 2017, was ultimately
    abandoned, seemingly because of the high risks
    involved.

A bold plot that would have seen Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
smuggled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London to Russia in 2017
has been revealed.


UK newspaper the Guardian
reported that Russian diplomats
held secret talks in 2017 with people close to Assange to hatch a
plan to help Assange escape the UK.

A tentative plan that would have seen Assange snuck out of the
embassy in a diplomatic vehicle on Christmas Eve 2017 and
ultimately brought to Russia was the result.

Sources told the Guardian that the plan involved giving Assange
diplomatic documents so that Ecuador could claim that he enjoyed
diplomatic immunity.

Four separate sources told the newspaper that the Kremlin was
willing to offer support for the plan.

Assange traveling to Ecuador by boat was also considered.

The plan was ultimately abandoned as it was too risky. One source
said that the plot was abandoned just days before it was due to
be executed.

Assange has been in the embassy for six years.  Britain and
Ecuador
fear
 US
prosecutors have a sealed indictment
against him and will
extradite him to the US. He could face prison there if convicted
of charges related to the publication of US documents that were
subject to national security secrecy protections.

If Assange goes to Russia, he cannot be extradited to the
US. 

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