A presidential hopeful in Ecuador has voiced his plans to evict Julian Assange from the London embassy if he wins the country’s election next week.
Guillermo Lasso said “the Ecuadorian people have been paying a cost that we should not have to bear” for sheltering Assange, who has been living in the London embassy since June 2012.
The right wing opposition leader added that he would “cordially ask” the head of WikiLeaks to leave within 30 days if he is elected.
If Assange is extradited, he could face imprisonment – or even a death sentence – in the United States for his activities with WikiLeaks.
Assange’s health has significantly deteriorated over the four-and-a-half years of his stay in the London embassy. The WikiLeaks chief has reportedly suffered high blood pressure, arrhythmia and a chronic cough, as he is deprived of access to fresh air and sunlight.
Assange has agreed to go to the US after the formal release of Chelsea Manning, a major US whistleblower, in May this year, provided his rights are respected.
However, if Lasso wins the Ecuadorian elections next week, the WikiLeaks head may find himself in the US a lot sooner and on less beneficial terms.
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