Britain refuses Ecuador's request to grant diplomatic status to Assange

Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

According to El Universo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been issued an Ecuadorian passport and a citizenship card that corresponds to the province of Pichincha.

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

Assange has been living in the building in Knightsbridge, London since he was granted asylum there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.

Ecuador's foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said: "No solution will be achieved without worldwide cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out".

Despite the confirmed citizenship status, Espinosa said that the government continues to work with the "explore alternatives and options to resolve the case".

It comes after Mr Assange posted a picture of himself in an Ecuadorian football shirt, amid unconfirmed reports he had been issued an Ecuadorian passport.

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.

This follows recent reports that suggested Assange was going to be evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after pushing President Lenin Moreno "over the edge". He fears that if arrested by UK authorities they he will be extradited to the United States whose government is looking to prosecute Assange for publishing thousands of US classified military and diplomatic documents via his Wikileaks page.

"The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Assange here in the UK".

She stressed several times that Ecuador is following all national and global laws and is "dedicated to protecting the human rights" of Assange in this "delicate case". Assange later taunted after Lasso's loss that he would "cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days". He has also called Assange a hacker.

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