Ecuador, Russia planned to help Julian Assange escape from UK, revealed

Ecuador, Country in South America in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russia but cancelled it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity.

The 47-year-old remains in hiding in a back room of the central London building six years after losing a legal battle against extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The Australian national had sought shelter from Ecuador over fears of further extradition to the US for sedition and spying for leaking secretive documents on Wikileaks.

Assange is a key figure in the ongoing US criminal investigation into Russia’s attempts to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. A top-secret operation to help WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange escape the UK was abandoned at the last minute after it was deemed too risky.

According to a report by The Guardian, Russian officials met in London last year and devised a tentative plan which would have smuggled Mr Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Christmas Eve and transported him to another country – potentially Russia.

He still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions if he steps outside of the embassy. The UK has refused to grant the 47-year-old diplomatic protection and there are fears the US will seek his extradition to question him over WikiLeaks’ activities if he leaves the embassy.

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