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Julian Assange Britain denies Julian Assange's request for diplomatic status
Summary Summary
  The WikiLeaks founder has been living in Ecuador's London embassy for more than five years
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Julian Assange on a balcony in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in August 2012. Photo by Snapperjack, Wikipedia. <i>This is an emerging story which needs expansion if you wish to EDIT to add information or discuss it in TALK.</i>
  <strong>Britain's Foreign Office has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/10/julian-assanges-bid-for-diplomatic-status-rejected-by-uk-government">rejected a request</a> (<em>Guardian</em>) from the Ecuadorian government to grant diplomatic status to Julian Assange, a possible attempt to break the stalemate over the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks">WikiLeaks</a> founder who has been living in the nation's London embassy for more than five years. </strong>
  “Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice,” the Foreign Justice said on Wednesday.
  Assange has remained within the embassy for <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42629761">fear that he will be extradited to the U.S.</a> for prosecution over WikiLeaks if he leaves.
  <h2>Reactions</h2>
  James Ball, a journalist who had worked at WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/10/julian-assange-ecuador-embassy-wikileaks-us-sweden">wrote a critical op-ed</a> in the <em>Guardian</em> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/10/julian-assange-ecuador-embassy-wikileaks-us-sweden"> </a>on why Assange has not yet left the embassy.
  Pride, Ball wrote, is "the only barrier" to him leaving.
  "The problem for both sides is that neither wants to lose face: Assange wants to be a symbol of resistance against an overreaching U.S. state, and does not want to admit his asylum was about his personal actions and not those of WikiLeaks. Ecuador does not want to suggest it made a mistake in granting Assange asylum," Ball wrote.
  <strong>WikiTribune<em> is currently trying to get an interview with Assange. What do you think we should ask him? Please discuss in TALK or add information using EDIT. </em></strong>
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  Current Affairs, Current Affairs
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  Ecuador, Julian Assange, UK, Wikileaks
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