Julian Assange has spent the last five years held up in London at the Ecuadorian embassy. Ecuador granted the Wikileaks founder asylum after recognizing he risked being extradited to the US for his involvement with releasing classified documents. Since 2012, Assange has also been fighting an extradition to Sweden due to charges of sexual misconduct, which is how Assange found himself at the embassy in the first place.
A cult hero to many for standing up to government corruption, Assange is now in trouble due to the Ecuador’s presidential front-runner stating he wants to evict him.
Many Democrats blame Wikileaks for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid. Assange’s website availed damaging emails that only affected the Democratic party during the election. This has lead to many of the popular, “Russian hacker” theories that have made headlines across the media for months. Democrats want to shut down Wikileaks; they need to take down Assange.
In a statement by Ecuadorian, presidential front-runner Guillermo Lasso, he mentioned Julian Assange had not lived up to a previous statement made about going to the US if Chelsea Manning (an imprisoned whistle blower) was released. After Assange’s statement, Obama released Chelsea Manning. It looks like Lasso’s reference may prove there’s possible US pressure on Ecuador to force Assange to live up to his promise.
“We will ask Mr. Assange, very politely, to leave our embassy, in absolute compliance with international conventions and protocols,” Lasso said in an email exchange with the Miami Herald. However, “we vow to take all the steps necessary so that another embassy will take him in and protect his rights.”
Although Lasso said he’ll try to find another government to give Assange a new home in, it’s apparent the Wikileaks founder may end up in a situation that could have him being extradited to the US—to the delight of furious Democrats.