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Ecuador Can't Guarantee UK Won't Extradite Assange, Prosecutor General Says

© AFP 2023 / Carl CourtPlacard with the slogan "We are all Assange" written in Spanish below another that reads "Ecuador, country of freedom" on the railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on June 21, 2012, where Assange is still holed up seeking political asylum.
Placard with the slogan We are all Assange written in Spanish below another that reads Ecuador, country of freedom on the railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on June 21, 2012, where Assange is still holed up seeking political asylum. - Sputnik International
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Quito cannot guarantee that London would not extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to a third country, Ecuadorian Prosecutor General Inigo Salvador said.

"Ecuador has received written guarantees from the UK authorities on [Assange’s] safety but the [Ecuadorian] government cannot do more than that," Salvador said as quoted by the Republica news outlet.

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Salvador recalled that the Ecuadorian authorities had received guarantees from London that Assange would not be extradited to a third country where he might be put on a death row.

The prosecutor general noted there were two options for the whistleblower. Assange can either remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy for "six or more years" or can surrender to the UK authorities, undergo trial and endure his punishment for breaking bail conditions, according to the prosecutor general.

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On Wednesday, an Ecuadorian court held a hearing into an appeal, lodged by Assange’s defence, against the court ruling against annulling home rules being imposed on Assange by the Ecuadorian authorities inside the embassy.

According to Assange’s lawyer Carlos Poveda, a ruling on Wednesday's hearing will be issued in the course of eight business days.

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Over the past months, Assange has faced restrictions on his communications and other actions inside the embassy, where he has been living since 2012 after received asylum in Ecuador.

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The whistleblower’s lawyers have called his living conditions inside the diplomatic mission a violation of human rights and unsuccessfully challenged the restrictions in October.

Assange has suggested he might be extradited to the United States, where he is wanted over publishing thousands of classified materials, if he leaves the embassy.

In November, WikiLeaks suggested that the US authorities might have brought sealed charges against Assange, citing a filing in an unrelated case that used Assange's name in an "apparent cut-and-paste error."

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