Ecuador made the move hours after the British government refused a request from the South American nation for Assange to be given diplomatic status, which could give him immunity from arrest should he try to leave the embassy.
Assange has been holed up for more than five years in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.
The new president warned Assange, who has been living in the embassy for 5 years, against interfering in the political matters of Ecuador or its allies.
While Assange may still not be able to leave the embassy in London, the dropping of the rape charges indicates the end of a seven-year standoff with Sweden.
The UK police has said it could still arrest Assange if he leaves the Ecuador embassy over his failure to surrender in 2012.
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Lenin Moreno’s victory will mean the continuation of his predecessor Rafael Correa’s inclusive agenda of development.
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Lenin Moreno secured 51.1% of the votes compared to Guillermo Lasso’s 48.9%, with just over 95% of votes counted, according to the electoral council, which is yet to declare a winner.
Polls show Moreno has pulled ahead of Lasso in the last weeks. He had 52.4% of valid votes versus Lasso’s 47.6% in a 18-21 March survey.
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Lenin Moreno, a leftist was the clear leader of Sunday’s election, pocketing 39.21% of valid votes versus 28.34% for Lasso, with 95.3% of votes counted.
In Sunday’s election, Lenin Moreno, a leftist, was a whisker short of the 40% of valid votes and a 10 percentage point difference over ex-banker Guillermo Lasso.
Julian Assange has now said he will stand by his extradition offer if his rights were protected.
The ex-National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.
Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence, will likely be released in May after US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
In a tweet last week, Wikileaks had said Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the US if Manning was granted clemency.
Prosecutors questioned the WikiLeaks founder regarding allegations of committing rape in Sweden in 2010. He has been held in London for four years.
In a statement, Ecuador’s leftist government said WikiLeaks’ decision to publish documents impacting the US election campaign was entirely its own responsibility and the South American country did not cede to pressure from other nations.
Ever since WikiLeaks began publishing emails hacked from Democratic party officials’ accounts, Assange has been accused of trying to undermine the Clinton campaign.
Swedish court upholds WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and clears way for him to be questioned by London Embassy in October, over rape allegation.
As the US presidential election heats up, Russia, and Russians, find themselves unlikely actors.
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With the UN panel’s ruling, the US must drop charges against the WikiLeaks founder and suspend any threat of extradition, while the UK and Sweden must ensure an immediate end to his arbitrary detention.
His legal team’s strategy is now two-fold: to first use the panel’s scathing indictment of the Swedish investigators to have the case against Assange move forward and to place pressure on the UK and Sweden.
“Google pretends it isn’t a company,” says Assange but Google is not what it seems. It’s a deeply political operation. “We must pay attention to how it operates, and prepare to defend ourselves against its seductive powers of surveillance and control.”