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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange will be removed from Ecuadorean Embassy ‘imminently’

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


WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian
Embassy in London.

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Reuters


  • Wikileaks Julian Assange could be removed from the
    Ecuador Embassy in London “imminently.”
  • He has been there six years, in an attempt to avoid
    extradition to Sweden or the US.
  • His health is failing.

LONDON —
Julian Assange will be kicked out of the Ecuadorean Embassy in
London
— where he has lived in diplomatic isolation since
2012 — “imminently,” a source has told The Times of London.

CNN reports that Downing Street is in “ongoing” discussions with
Ecuador
and the United States over his fate.

Both Ecuador and Britain want to ensure Assange remains unharmed.
But their suspicion is that US prosecutors have a sealed
indictment against him and will extradite him to America, where
he faces prison if convicted of charges related to the
publication of US documents that were subject to national
security secrecy protections.
CNN said
:

“The recent indictments issued by US Special Counsel Robert
Mueller imply that Assange and WikiLeaks were a conduit for
Russian intelligence in distributing hacked Democratic Party
emails in 2016.”

“Whether a sealed indictment awaits Assange in relation to the
Russian hacking investigation is unknown. But according to US
officials, charges have been drawn up relating to previous
WikiLeaks disclosures of classified US documents.”


The Times said
Assange could be evicted from the Embassy at
any moment. A member of Assange’s support team said that he
might leave in “hours, days or weeks.” 

Assange took refuge in the Embassy after he was sought by
prosecutors in Sweden in an investigation of rape and sexual
assault. The Swedes dropped the case. But British authorities
maintained an arrest order for him based on a breach of his bail
agreement with UK police. Ecuador granted him asylum
inside the Embassy, shielding him from extradition to the US or
Sweden, and from arrest in the UK.

Six years indoors have taken their toll. Assange’s health is said
to be failing, lending some urgency to the search for a solution.

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