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Ecuador's Foreign Minister: Assange should be free

11/14/2016 - 15:23

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that he intends to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London in the near future, according to Agence France-Presse. During a press conference, he stressed that he would do it, but "not for the previously reported reasons ", and refused to provide more detailed information. Recall, a number of US media wrote that the WikiLeaks founder has problems with health.

In turn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador Ricardo Patiño, present at the press conference, said he wishes that international community launched a trans-border campaign for release of founder of WikiLeaks, who has sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.

"We need to put an end to this situation. Two years is a very long time. Assange should be free", - said Head of the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry.

Ricardo Patiño said that his country would continue to provide protection to founder of WikiLeaks. "We are in talks with the British and the Swedish government to find a solution to this serious violation of human rights", - said the Minister.

Over the past two years, Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden. Stockholm suspects him of sexual crimes. Assange himself denies any accusations against him, and calls them politically motivated. Founder of Wikileaks fears that the Swedish authorities may deport him to the United States. There, he faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of illegal publication of secret documents the US State Department.