Ecuador tried giving Assange diplomatic post in Russia
Julian Assange: Ecuadorean ambassador to Russia?
That could of very well been the case in 2017 — when Ecuador attempted to give the Wikileaks founder a diplomatic post in Moscow, but were forced to rescind the offer after the British refused to play ball, a report says.
Government documents obtained by Reuters outline the failed plot, which was supposed to be hatched that December.
Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had reached out to the Russians and Britain’s Foreign Office for their approval. The British got back to them in a Dec. 21 note, saying UK officials did not “consider that Mr. Assange enjoys any type of privileges and immunities under the Vienna Convention.”
Ecuador chose to rescind its offer as a result, according to Reuters.
Assange appeared to be readying for his new job title, and had even written a letter on Dec. 4 renouncing his request for political asylum from Ecuador in order to become a diplomat.
The Australian was planning to eventually travel to Ecuador, the letter says.
On Dec. 19, the country reportedly approved a “special designation in favor of Mr. Julian Assange so that he can carry out functions at the Ecuadorean Embassy in Russia,.”
The designation was revealed in a letter written last year to opposition legislator Paola Vintimilla by Ecuador’s foreign ministry, which was obtained by Reuters. The document came after Assange was granted citizenship there.
British authorities say they will arrest the WikiLeaks publisher if he ever leaves Ecuador’s embassy in London. He’s been holed up there since 2012.
With Post wires
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