Jan 10, 2018

Ecuador looking for help to free Assange

Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ecuador's foreign minister called Julian Assange's stay in London's Ecuadorian embassy "unsustainable," and is seeking a solution through mediation from a "third country or personality," the BBC reports. "A person cannot live in those conditions forever," the foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said.

Why it matters: Assange has been living under political asylum at the embassy since 2012. The sexual assault charges that first drove Assange into hiding have since been dropped, but the Wikileaks founder still fears British extradition to the U.S. — where he’ll undoubtedly face questioning about his involvement in the Trump-Russia scandal.

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