The United Kingdom told Ecuador in August that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited [reuters.com] if he left the country's London embassy, where he has lived under asylum since 2012, Ecuador’s top government attorney said on Thursday.
Salvador said Ecuador passed on the UK’s response to Assange's lawyers, but noted that if Assange stayed in the embassy Ecuador would put new conditions on his stay. "Mr. Assange had a choice between turning himself in to British authorities with those assurances, or staying in the embassy of Ecuador, but given that the asylum had lasted six years with no signs of immediate resolution we were going to place certain rules." Salvador said at a news conference.
The relationship between Assange and Ecuador has grown increasingly tense in the past year. Assange filed a lawsuit in an Ecuadorean court last week claiming the new asylum terms, which require him to pay for medical bills and telephone calls and to clean up after his pet cat, violate his rights.