Ecuador Grants Citizenship To Julian Assange Amid "Threats To His Life"

Yesterday we reported that based on circumstantial evidence, Ecuador appeared to have granted a passport to Julian Assange just a day after he received a veiled eviction threat. 

Then moments ago, in a press conference, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced that Ecuador had indeed granted naturalization to Julian Assange on December 12. The reaction of the MFA comes one day after Quito reportedly granted an ID card to Assange.

As a reminder, presaging the announcement, on Wednesday the WikiLeaks founder tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt, fueling speculation over his possible citizenship.

This was followed by Ecuador's largest newspaper, El Universo, reported the news, citing "reliable sources". And now, it is confirmed. More from Reuters:

  • ECUADOR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS JULIAN ASSANGE SOUGHT ECUADOR NATURALIZATION
  • ECUADOR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS FEARS THREATS TO JULIAN ASSANGE'S LIFE FROM THIRD PARTY STATES
  • ECUADOR GRANTED NATURALIZATION TO JULIAN ASSANGE ON DEC. 12
  • ECUADOR SEEKING "DIGNIFIED AND JUST" SOLUTION WITH BRITISH GOVT IN JULIAN ASSANGE CASE


The nation's foreign minister announced Thursday that officials had decided to permit Assange's naturalization while they look for ways to resolve his situation.

Ecuador gave Assange political asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims.

Sweden dropped the case, though Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

The Ecuadorian passport could obtain his first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve Assange’s indefinite embassy stay. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for five years.

Ecuador usually issues such ID cards for people claiming residency status, which are called cedulas. The Vienna convention on diplomatic relations states that someone who holds a diplomatic passport is immune from prosecution. It is still no guarantee, however.

However, as VoA reports, the UK Foreign Office rejected a request from Quito to grant the whistleblower diplomatic status. The passport was reportedly granted to him on December 12.

Ecuador’s foreign minister says the country is seeking a “dignified and just” solution with the UK government over Assange’s case. For now however, Assange isn't going anywhere:

  • ASSANGE WILL NOT LEAVE ECUADOR EMBASSY IN LONDON WHILE THERE ARE NO SECURITY GUARANTEES - ECUADOR FOREIGN MINISTER


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Comments

JRobby earleflorida Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:34 Permalink

"Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry any more,
Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door."

(Hunter)

Constant vigilance is required. The elite are most inflamed over this entire situation and turn of events of the releasing of the documentation of their dirty operations. More than any other.

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D503 earleflorida Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

Yeah, right, because this fact actually implies that the USA won't grant him the same sanctuary. Which means we're really not living in the land of the free, and a shithole like Ecuador is the bastion of truth, logic, and reason. 

Earleflorida thinks this is "good news for freedom of speech and for truth."

Well I think Earleflorida is a fucking idiot that would sit in a burning house happily noting that his tea isn't getting cold.

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Farqued Up IH8OBAMA Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

Nobody gives a shit if their mate is a sheep, don’t go around causing the rest with loss of money and freedoms due to their evil actions. That creates incentive to open them up and spill their guts on the Internet including their fleecy little 4-legged honey. What is really needed is a vigilante group that will take the bastards out since this country is no longer a nation of laws. After all, the black hats for years have had their group that kills innocents outside the law and the rotten institutions give them free passes.

I did not realize this country is so sorry and rotten to the core.

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ed31337 IH8OBAMA Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:20 Permalink

As soon as the government stops putting backdoors in our computers*, stops collecting our data, stops invading private property, stops droning us, and all the rest of the violations against our rights as US citizens, THEN maybe you might have a point. Until that day though, Assange, Snowden, et al have my full support.

* Special Note: If there weren't so many backdoors put into everything, would Wikileaks even have access to any of the stuff they've published? The elites gave birth to the monster of their own creation. 

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D503 JRobby Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:55 Permalink

When Ecuador demonstrates its ability to fend off America kicking over its sandcastle when the tyrant gets a hair across its ass I'll hear your argument.

The point isn't that Ecuador is a bad place. The point is that the United States is supposed to be the bastion of freedom for the brave, and Ecuador would take a few days for America to sunder. I fail to see how lauding Ecuador matters when it is America that is the issue in need of correction and Ecuador is a mere child whose toys can be taken by force at the drop of a hat.

 

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JBLight D503 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

Perhaps referring to Ecuador as a "shithole" is what prompted the other poster to defend the country. Typical Western ignorance of what's really out there in the real world. And no, the US/CIA cannot easily knock over Ecuador or any South/Central American country any longer. I suggest reading about some of the military alliances the countries have created amongst themselves and with China and Russia heavily investing in South America, the US would have to be even more sneaky than usual to succeed.

But I get your point, that the US is supposed to be the leader in freedom when it's clear we are not. Your point was not missed. But calling a country you know nothing about a "shithole" kinda distorts your original intent.

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D503 Theta_Burn Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

Does America have laws stating the press shall not be censored?

Are we censoring the press?

Will Ecuador withstand a stiff fart from the CIA MICC (Military Industrial Congressional Complex)?

You think I'm going to hug Ecuador's dick when America won't offer the same sanctuary when it has laws on the books proclaiming its obligation to do just that?

You might not mind being a hypocritical intellectual coward, but some of us have standards. 

If ZH or Project Veritas gets the wikileaks treatment, are you going to clap like a retarded seal for free speech and freedom then too?

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Chupacabra-322 Thought Processor Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:35 Permalink

No doubt, the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths elements at the Highest Compartmentalized Deep State Mossad / CIA Levels must be Nervous & Afraid.  

 

They’ve been in Despairation mode.  Next will be recklessness followed by demise & Elmination.

 

Eliminate Assange & the deadman’s switch gets activated.  Eliminate Assange & a 1000 more sprout up like him.  

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DuneCreature Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:33 Permalink

C'mon, Donald.

Send in a Navy Seal Team and give this guy some real protection and an escort to the country of his choice. ..... The best use of those hot operators I can think of.

(Just ignore BritBob's Whiney Protests)

Live Hard, Assange Is Destroying The 'Russia Stole The Election' Bullshit Story For You With The Truth, So Why Not Return The Favor, Die Free

~ DC v4.8

 

 

DuneCreature peddling-fiction Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

I know, God Is Your Co-Pilot, right?

Me, I'll fly with a USN Seal or six. . They have good intentions, I believe. .. I don't know any Navy Seals. .. I do know a couple of US Navy Divers and they are both stand-up dudes.

You have to trust someone and most of the US Military I know are good patriots. .. The lower the rank the more I trust them. .. USMC are the best, IMHO. .. Too brave and/or crazy for their own long-term health mostly but sometimes that's exactly what you need behind you.

Who would you trust as an escort and you just absolutely, positively, no-doubt-about-it had to make it to SA in one piece and you knew the Mossad had a couple of hit teams stationed outside of the embassey ready to do you in and you were Julian. ... Pretend Jesus forgot and left his MP-5 at the last supper. ... Who would you call upon?

Me, I'll take a Matt Bracken or a Max Velocity.

Live Hard, Of Course, Your Best And Most Highly Motivated Bodyguard Is YOU, Die Free

~ DC v8.4

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DuneCreature peddling-fiction Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:24 Permalink

I don't want to see Julian's blood anywhere. .. Kensington England?

We have a Kensington here in the states but I don't see Julian coming here any time soon. ....... I thought he was trying to get to Equator. ....... Not where I would go, but they did give him sanctuary for a good long while so I suppose he might feel safe there. .... Wait until he sees the place, he may change his mind.

So what does he do? Stay put? ..... I don't think he can for much longer.

Live Hard, Exile Sucks But It Sure Beats Dead, Die Free

~ DC v8.4

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BritBob Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

Interesting to note that Wikileaks revealed that the UK was keeping an eye on Argentina and her Falklands aspirations.

You'd think it was time they gave up on that mythical Malvinas claim?

How would a map of the world look today if all of the territory lost and gained over the past 180 years reverted to its 19th century status? Quite a ridiculous proposal.

Falklands – Acquisitive Prescription(1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/35552595/Falklands_-Acquisitive_Prescription

 

Joe A Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

The UK rejected Ecuador's request to grant Assange diplomatic status? Is that really for the UK to decide? A country decides itself who is diplomat or not. The UK can then decide that the diplomat is unwanted and ask him to leave.

Ecuador should make his ambassador or some other higher diplomatic status. Let the fun begin.