Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder , who remains holed up in the South American country’s embassy in London.

The country’s foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, revealed during a press conference in Quito yesterday that Australian-born Assange had been granted citizenship on 12 December.

“The Ecuadorian government is empowered to grant nationality to the protected person and thus facilitate … his inclusion in the host state,” she said.

The move was meant to “confer legal immunity on Assange”, The Guardian reports, allowing him to leave the embassy where he has been sheltered for more than five years.



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