Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nation’s embassy in London, officials announced Thursday. Assange is almost equally hated by both Republicans and Democrats because he dared to reveal the truth about the United States government and those who profit off of the oppression of others.
According to ABC News, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Assange’s request for naturalization in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012. “What naturalization does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection,” Espinosa said.
Ecuador gave Australian-born Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.
Those documents that have been a thorn in the side of many high-ranking and powerful Democrats have come back to bite the government in the behind. Because of that, it isn’t really surprising that that same government would want to extradite Assange.
Britain’s Foreign Office is not forgiving Assange for his “crimes” against governments. It said earlier Thursday it has rejected Ecuador’s request to grant him diplomatic status in the U.K. “Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice,” the office said.
Assange has been warned many times by many government officials to stop releasing information that makes them look bad. But hopefully, for the sake of all of us who are not government and global elitists, Assange will continue either way.
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