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Julian Assange denied diplomatic status by UK

12 January 2018

"This petition was declined on December 21".

María Fernanda Espinosa made the announcement after the newspaper El Comercio discovered Assange's name in Ecuador's Civil Registry. The Foreign Office said in a statement the only way for the embassy to resolve Assange's issue would be for him to leave its premises and face justice.

Espinosa said Ecuador is trying to make Assange a member of its diplomatic team, which would grant him additional rights under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, including special legal immunity and safe passage. The wikileaks chief's been holed up in the country's London embassy for five and a half years.

Espinosa said that Ecuador could seek out a "third country or personality" to resolve the stand-off with Britain.

The Stockholm appeals court in September rejects a request by Assange to lift the arrest warrant in light of the United Nations panel's non-binding legal opinion.

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

Yesterday, Ecuador said it was looking to end the "untenable impasse" with the WikiLeaks founder, pictured, who has criticised Ecuador's allies including Spain.

Assange has been living at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 under virtual house arrest to avoid being detained in connection with a Swedish rape investigation, which began seven years ago.

Sweden dropped their investigation over the 2010 allegations previous year, but British police have said they are still seeking to arrest him for failing to surrender to a court after violating bail terms.

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In February 2011, a British judge rules Assange can be extradited to Sweden.

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics.

His radical anti-secrecy agenda has polarised opinion between those who hail him as a hero, and critics who say WikiLeaks has put lives in danger by releasing confidential government documents.

February 2015 his lawyers petition Sweden's Supreme Court to quash the arrest warrant.

December 2014: Appears on the balcony of the Embassy again to greet Noam Chomsky and John Cusack. Those original allegations have since been dropped.

Although Sweden dropped the case, he is wanted by the United Kingdom police for jumping bail.

January 17, 2017: Barack Obama, in one of his final acts as President of the U.S., decides to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Still, that did not deter Attorney General Jeff Sessions from calling Assange's arrest "a priority" in April, telling reporters: "We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks". The Swedish prosecutors halted the case against Assange in September 2017.

Julian Assange denied diplomatic status by UK