The doc, seen by the Company, stated that on December 19 final yr, the federal government of Ecuador gave Assange "particular standing" that may permit him to work within the Embassy of Ecuador in Russian Federation.
Assange appeared to be readying for his new job title, and had even written a letter on December 4 renouncing his request for political asylum from Ecuador in order to become a diplomat. WikiLeaks has vehemently that Assange did so.
Lawyers for Assange in the United States and Britain did not respond to requests for comment. Trump and Russian Federation deny collusion.
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 Russian Federation was the result. "Julian Assange so that he can carry out functions at the Ecuadorean Embassy in Russian Federation, ".
One tentative plan involved smuggling out of the embassy in a diplomatic vehicle on Christmas Eve and transporting him to another country, possibly Russian Federation, where he stood a lesser risk of being extradited to the USA and tried on charges related to his WikiLeaks website, The Guardian.
"Russian diplomats contacted neither employees of the Ecuadorian embassy in London nor Mr. Assange's representatives in order organize his departure from the United Kingdom", the ministry said on Friday, commenting on a publication in the Guardian, which claimed that "Russian diplomats held secret talks in London past year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK".
She added that any prosecution of Mr Assange will be used as a precedent against other media organisations. Thus, the WikiLeaks founder can not depart the Ecuadorian Embassy, as will probably be instantly detained by the London police.
Vintimilla also noted that Assange's naturalization documents "mysteriously" lack the signature of then-Foreign Minister María Espinosa. According to the letter, Quito abandoned its idea to relocate the whistleblower to Moscow after the UK Foreign Office refused to recognize Assange's special status, or any privileges and immunities awarded under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
'I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa, ' said the letter.
The persona of Julian Assange has become a thorn in Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno's side and, ever since assuming office in May of past year, Moreno has made every effort to make sure the Australian's stay at Ecuador's embassy in London comes to an end as soon as possible. The Ecuador government cut off Assange's phone and internet access earlier this year and banned people visiting him.
WikiLeaks has published throngs of classified USA military, diplomatic and intelligence community documents during the past decade, including Democratic Party documents in 2016 allegedly sourced by Russian state-sponsored hackers, according to US federal intelligence and law enforcement officials.