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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange refused the offer of the Ecuadorian President to leave the country’s Embassy in London. About this newspaper The Telegraph.
Refusal Assange told his lawyer Barry Polak. According to the lawyer, the proposed conditions do not guarantee the safety of his client. “The suggestion that Assange should not be afraid of persecution, once the death penalty for him excluded, obviously not true,” said the lawyer.
The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno invited Assange to leave the Embassy of his country. He stated that he had received from the UK guarantee that Assange will not be extradited to any country where his life will be at stake. The WikiLeaks founder has previously stated that the surrender to the British authorities, provided that will not be extradited.
Earlier in December it became known that the former head of a campaign headquarters of U.S. President Donald trump by Paul Manafort have visited Ecuador, trying to convince Moreno to send Assange to the United States. There is already the founder of WikiLeaks was charged with espionage, but keep it a secret — about the charges of found out by accident not related to the case Assange legal documents.
In October, Assange has filed a lawsuit against the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK after the diplomatic mission has filed a claim to his behavior. In particular, men required to take care of his cat, to keep order in the bathroom and not to interfere in the internal politics of other States.
Julian Assange lives in the Embassy of Ecuador for more than five years. During this time, the authorities spent on its safety not less than five million dollars. He asked for asylum in 2012 fearing extradition to Sweden, where he was charged with rape. In may 2017, the investigation was terminated, but Assange still fears extradition to the Swedish authorities, as the city of Stockholm will give him over to the US where he could face the death penalty for publishing secret Pentagon papers.
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