Julian Assange Granted Ecuadorian Passport Day After Veiled Eviction Threat

Julian Assange has been granted an Ecuadorian passport, just one day after threatening to evict him from their London Embassy, according to a report in Ecuador's largest newspaper and confirmed by ZeroHedge

Earlier today the WikiLeaks founder tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt, fueling speculation over his possible citizenship. 

Ecuador's largest newspaper, El Universo originally reported the news, citing "reliable sources" (translated): 

Five and a half years after Rafael Correa and his then Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño gave him asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he continues, the director of Wikileaks Julian Assange now has a certificate of Ecuadorian citizenship, with a code corresponding to the province of Pichincha

Reliable sources confirmed that the document number granted by the Ecuadorian civil registry to Assange is 1729926483 and that a passport had already been issued to him . It appears with the condition of "Inscrip.As400", term with which late inscriptions are identified, for which an old database was used.

ZeroHedge verified the registration on the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service website, noting "The taxpayer is not registered in the SRI database."


Ecuadorian IRS (screenshot)

Word of the passport comes on the heels of news that Ecuador was planning to evict Assange, issuing a veiled statement that described his situation as "untenable." Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda said Ecuador is "considering and exploring the possibility of mediation" to end Assange's asylum, adding "No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out." 

The move by Ecuador comes a few months after its president Lenin Moreno warned Assange to avoid inflammatory political statements and commenting on issues involving the country's allies.

Assange spoke out in support for the Catalan separatists movement, which saw Moreno, who has been president of Ecuador since January, ask Assange to stay out of the Spanish crisis. 

Assange responded to Moreno on Twitter and accused him of attempting to silence him. 

'If President Moreno wants to gag my reporting of human rights abuses in Spain he should say so explicitly--together with the legal basis,' he said. -Daily Mail

Assange's legal team issued a statement Wednesday, saying "The UN ruling, issued almost two years ago, is crystal clear in its language, Mr Assange is unlawfully and arbitrarily detained by the UK authorities and must be released.

"The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to "take down" Mr Assange."

UK government officials, meanwhile, are committed to arresting Assange the moment he sets foot outside the Embassy. "The Government of Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice," said a spokesman.

The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry walked back their threat of eviction, issuing the following statement Wednesday (translated): 

With regard to this case, the national government has complied with the Constitution, international conventions and the law, acting with the prudence and caution that warrants the protection of human rights and the defense of the right of asylum.

The Foreign Ministry reiterates that in the case of citizen Julian Assange will continue to seek solutions, in strict adherence to the norms and procedures of international law, in coordination with the United Kingdom, a country with which the best relations of friendship and cooperation are maintained.

Julian Assange, at the request of the Government of Ecuador, undertook not to intervene in matters unrelated to his asylum status.

Finally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador reiterates that it will not respond to rumors or distorted or decontextualized information on this case.

A brief timeline of events as previously reported

On August 20, 2010, the Swedish Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant for Julian Assange over a rape allegation - two weeks after the US Embassy met with the Pirate party and had concerns over Assange leaking US secrets. The net day, Swedish cancelled the warrant.  "I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape," says one of Stockholm's chief prosecutors, Eva Finne. Swedish prosecutors did however continue to investigate a separate allegation of molestation, though they felt it was not a serious enough crime for an arrest warrant. 

On September 1, 2010Swedish Director of Prosecution, Marianne Ny, reopened the rape investigation against Assange.

On November 18, 2010, Stockholm District Court approved a detention request for Mr. Assange, who had traveled to London. Two days later, Swedish police issued an international arrest warrant. On December 8, 2010, Assange is taken into British custody and taken to an extradition hearing. Eight days later, Assange posts bail and walks free in London until May 30, 2012 when the UK Supreme Court rules that he should be extradited to Sweden. 

August 16, 2012, Assange begins his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London - where he has remained for over five years. 

In February, 2016, a UN panel found Assange to be detained unlawfully in the Ecuadorian embassy.

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Julian Assange holding UN decision

In May, 2017, Swedish authorities once again dropped their case against Julian Assange, with his Swedish lawyer Per Samuelsson told Swedish media "It is a total victory for Julian Assange," adding "He is free to leave the embassy whenever he wants."

Unfortunately, that's not going to be quite so easy for the time being - as Assange faces immediate arrest by the UK for skipping bail in his extradition hearing. Moreover, in April of this year, CNN and the Washington Post simultaneously reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' DOJ has prepared criminal charges against Assange over 2010 leaks of diplomatic cables and military documents. 

While the DOJ seems intent on locking Assange up, the WikiLeaks founder has also received tremendous support from certain members of congress. 

As we reported last week, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher travelled to London in August with journalist Charles Johnson for a meeting with Assange, where Rohrabacher said the WikiLeaks founder offered "firsthand" information proving that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, and which would refute the Russian hacking theory.

Rohrabacher brought that message back to Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to propose a deal. In exchange for a presidential pardon, Assange would share evidence that would refute the Russian hacking theory by proving they weren't the source of the emails, according to the WSJ

However - when Trump was asked in late September about the Assange proposal, he responded that he'd "never heard" of it, causing Rohrabacher to unleash on John Kelly, who he blamed for blocking the proposal from reaching the President. Rohrabacher told the Daily Caller

"I think the president's answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party," Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller Tuesday in a phone interview.

"This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people's throats so incredibly earlier this year," Rohrabacher said.

With Assange possibly having been granted an Ecuadorian passport, it appears that perhaps the wheels are in motion for his legal extraction from their London embassy. 



FreedomWriter Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:51 Permalink

Well Julian, we wish you the best of luck. WikiLeaks has created an entire generation that will sympathize with future whistle-blowers. Hope you make it out, mate.

philipat CuttingEdge Wed, 01/10/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

Yes I was wondering myself if that is the next step; a "temporary" honorary Diplomatic position. It would then be interesting to see how the UK would respond. It is normal that SENIOR Diplomatic appointments receive approval in advance by the host Government but that is not the case for more Junior appointments which still convey Diplomatic Immunity.

Not recognizing Diplomatic Immunity as defined in the Vienna Convention (1961) would be a very serious breach of International law. Diplomatic Immunity does NOT apply to Civil matters but it would be difficult (though not impossible given the normal duplicity of both London and Washington) to argue that "skipping bail" is a Civil and not a criminal matter?

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peddling-fiction FreedomWriter Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

Julian good luck, hopefully you make it to Ecuador. I made it to Bolivia and it improved my quality of life.

Take a look at this Wikileaks nugget.


Wikileaks has published touchy stuff that never made it to MSM, like this email confirming microwave torture, that anti-NWO dissidents like me are subjected to.

Stratfor folks are basically CIA spooks selling low-grade intel to others.


RE:microwave is working again

I agree. These Peeps can do the work you do faster, cheaper and better than
you do. Therefore, I am replacing all of you with Peeps.=20

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Simpson [mailto:lsimpson@stratfor.com]=20
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:37 PM
To: kuykendall@stratfor.com; 'Mike Parks'; 'John Gibbons'; 'Robin
Blackburn'; 'George Friedman'; mfriedman@stratfor.com; 'Fred Burton'; 'Donna
Witters'; Stratforaustin@stratfor.com
Subject: RE: microwave is working again

Ok... As the official keeper of the peeps over the past year, I feel I need
to make a statement.

Just because these peeps were brought into this office illegally does not
mean that they should be ridiculed and subjected to microwave torture. They
are good peeps that quietly assume the roles of office decorations that
noone else in the office is willing to do. They have been here a year.
This is their home. They deserve.. No.. They have the RIGHT to be here just
like the rest of us, and to be offered the same benefits and asylum that we
all receive on this side of the office walls.

In fact George, I believe that you should give them jobs!

That is all,

Lee Simpson
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
Quality Assurance Manager
T: 512-744-4307
F: 512-744-4334

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greven40 Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:52 Permalink

I don't trust him or his wikileaks.  He may have been genuine in the beginning, but as with all such things, it's only a matter of time before corruption enters.

Get on the plane and if it ends up in Ecuador, we'll know.

greven40 TMac2000 Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

Unlikely.  He would be dead already.  If the empire will enter other nations and wage illegal war for a single "brutal dictator", or put on a big propaganda showcase to claim they "killed bin Laden", Julian would have been dead by now if he was a threat to them.

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Moe-Monay greven40 Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

They need deniability.  He's been in the public eye.

You dumb fuckers are awfully relaxed as you sit in your LayZee boys and talk about what Assange should do.  Yet never anything from you in the way of real action.

These CIA fucks put people in the ground all the time.  I am guessing Assange would rather continue breathing than prove out your fuckface theories.

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greven40 Moe-Monay Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:05 Permalink

Thanks for calling me a dumb fucker, Moe Howard, or Monay.

Since you're so intelligent, let me offer you some correction.  I'm not sitting in a lazy boy.  I'm not a dumb fucker.  I'm not talking about what Assange should do.  And in an attempt to decipher what you meant by the last segment of your comment, I'll respond that you have no idea what I've done, so you are making a bullshit assumption.

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LetThemEatRand greven40 Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

"Unlikely.  He would be dead already."

They can't kill him now because he's too much in the spotlight.  Even the Deep State knows that it can't be so blatant without serious blowback from the public.  If they do kill him, it will be under circumstances of plausible deniability of their involvement like 9/11, JFK, MLK, RFK, Seth Rich, etc.

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greven40 LetThemEatRand Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:13 Permalink

The "he's too much in the spotlight" bullshit is laughable.  They don't care.  If anything, they'd ramp him up even more in the "spot light" before he dies.  It doesn't matter to those programmed by the tube, and those not would be the same as they are now, side-lined as conspiracy theorists.  Really, that excuse should be put to rest once and for all.

They deny whether plausible or not, and those who might question whether it's plausible would already question anyway.

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greven40 RAT005 Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:01 Permalink

I don't get on any plane as is.  I can't do much, but every little protest on my part at least makes me feel like I'm trying.

To answer your question, no.  I would not get on THAT plane, especially.  I can only consider one reason to break my personal "boycott", and that would be to get on a plane to leave the occupied States of America.

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silentlurker Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

How very odd, I had not realized that the Trump Administration has been trying to take down Mr Assange since 2010 .


Honestly, the thin charges the UK has (which I think comes down to skipping bail for a crime that was rescinded) seems a bit silly. 

LetThemEatRand silentlurker Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

Assange is wanted for the crime of exposing some truth about the deeply corrupt USA.gov.   They will never stop trying to get him because they want to send a message to any future wanna-be-Assanges that the penalty for exposing the deep state is life in prison (in a real prison or holed up in an embassy).   They would kill him in a nano-second if they thought they could get away with it.

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jin187 LetThemEatRand Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:06 Permalink

I keep trying to figure out how someone that doesn't come from this country, didn't come to this country, and didn't hire agents to spy for him in this country, could be charged with espionage, or any similar crimes.  He's pretty much just a reporter.  If they can charge him with spying related crimes, how is the NYT still running with all the classified government dirt they publish about Trump?

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