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Ecuador grants citizenship to Julian Assange

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Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: This comes on the heels of Tuesday's report that Ecuador was seeking to free Assange through some form of international mediation. Earlier today, Britain's Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant him diplomatic status, according to The Telegraph.

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