“Britain has provided enough guarantees that Julian Assange will not be extradited to any country where he would face the death penalty if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.
Speaking during a radio interview on Thursday, Moreno said his administration has received written assurances that the UK will not extradite Assange to any nation where he will face the death penalty.
Moreno didn’t say that his country would force Assange out of the embassy, but said the Wikileaks founder’s legal team is considering its next steps.”
“Assange has claimed that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and hand him over to the United States, where prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against him. WikiLeaks has released thousands of classified US military documents, among other disclosures.
“There is a path for Mr Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom,” Moreno said.
He noted that Assange still faces jail time in the United Kingdom for violating bail terms when he sought asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
The investigation was later dropped, but Great Britain says he will be arrested if leaves the embassy.
Moreno said the sentence for skipping bail would be “not long”. The UK has told Ecuador that his jail time would not exceed six months and that he would not face extradition if he left the embassy.”