By: Kyle James | 01-11-2018 | News
Photo credit: Julian Assange | Twitter

Ecuador Gives Julian Assange A Passport

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted an Ecuadorian passport just a day after threatening to kick him out of its London embassy where he has been staying.

To further add to the rumor that he will be granted citizenship, Assange himself posted a picture of himself in an Ecuador football shirt. Yesterday, the talk was he may be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has spent the last five years trying to avoid arrest.

Those close to Assange say he may have been issued a passport last month and a recent online document <a href="">proves</a> it. Assange's name also appeared on Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service and his file said, "the citizen/taxpayer has no information registered in the database or recorded by third parties."

Yesterday, Ecuador said it was looking to end the years-long stalemate between Assange and the country whose embassy has been his home. Assange has even criticized Ecuador's allies including Spain. He originally moved to the embassy in Central London in 2012 as he tried to avoid being extradited to Sweden for rape and sexual assault charges.

The native Australian angered the Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting in support of Catalan separatists. The country's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said it has become "untenable" to keep him at the embassy and is seeking a mediator's assistance.

The charges in Sweden were dropped due to being unable to serve him notice but the Metropolitan Police in London say Assange still faces a charge of failing to surrender to a court. The Metropolitan police have spent millions of pounds maintaining surveillance on the embassy waiting for Assange to leave.

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