Assange getting Ecuadorian ID could be ‘first step’ to diplomatic immunity
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has allegedly been issued an Ecuadorian ID in a bid to end his 5-year confinement. The UK Foreign Office reportedly rejected a request from Quito to grant the whistleblower diplomatic status.
Assange’s ID was issued on December 21, Ecuadorian outlet El Universo reports, citing “reliable sources” and providing the civil registry number to check on the government website. The document number 1729926483, upon checking on the Internal Revenue Service, is indeed registered to one Julian Paul Assange.
In the meantime the Government of Ecuador “recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK,” a Foreign Office spokesperson told British media.
“The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter,” the FCO spokesman added. “Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.”
The mystery of what happens next was further fueled by Assange himself, after he cryptically uploaded a picture of himself dressed in a yellow, blue and red shirt, the colors of the Ecuadorian flag.