Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Assange standoff

Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'untenable' Assange standoff

On Tuesday María Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador's foreign minister, said that she would seek a "third country or a personality" to help to end the...

Assange moved into Ecuador's embassy in London in 2012 to avoid arrest over now-dropped Swedish rape charges.

Ecuador is working on finding a way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave its London embassy after five years.

However, Tatchell says "the Ecuadorian government has made it very clear that it wants a resolution [of this whole situation around Assange] and they are prepared to negotiate [to give] a way for Julian Assange [to leave] the embassy".

Moreno has defended the activist on numerous occasions, continuing in his predecessor, Rafael Correa's, footsteps in maintaining amnesty for as long as "his life may be in danger".

And he remains in the embassy to this day amid fears he will be handed over to America and put on trial for WikiLeaks publishing leaked secret USA military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

"We are a country that defends human rights".

WikiLeaks has previously claimed that Assange could be extradited to the U.S., where he could be arrested for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified USA army war logs and more recently, the DNC emails, that some believe may have changed the course of the United States presidential election in 2016.

However, during his campaign, Moreno warned him "not to intervene in the politics" of countries friendly to Ecuador.

The Foreign Minister said that Ecuador remains committed to ensuing Assange's safety. "He has converted himself into this great conspirator against the major democracies".

Assange dodged one eviction order in the nation's election past year, after the right-wing candidate who had vowed to kick him out of the embassy lost to Moreno.

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