ECUADOR SET TO EVICT AS­SANGE

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

ECUADOR Pres­i­dent Lenin Moreno says con­di­tions have been met for Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange to leave the coun­try’s em­bassy in Lon­don, which would end a six-year stand­off with British au­thor­i­ties.

“The way has been cleared for Mr As­sange to take the de­ci­sion to leave in near-lib­erty,” Mr Moreno said, say­ing As­sange would still have to face British au­thor­i­ties over vi­o­lat­ing terms of his bail.

But Mr Moreno said Bri­tain had guar­an­teed the 47-year-old Aus­tralian would not be ex­tra­dited to any coun­try where his life would be in dan­ger.

Ecuador has been seek­ing a way to ter­mi­nate As­sange’s stay for sev­eral months, amid sour­ing re­la­tions with its em­bassy guest, who re­cently sued the gov­ern­ment for re­strict­ing his in­ter­net ac­cess. As­sange fears Bri­tain will ex­tra­dite him to the US to face charges there.

Ju­lian As­sange

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