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"There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom". Assange's Wikileaks released a variety of US secrets, including diplomatic cables and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools, as well as a dump of email hacked from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

Assange faces a British arrest warrant over violating bail conditions by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, but Sweden, which originally sought to question him on sexual abuse allegations, has said it is no longer seeking to extradite him.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that "the way has been cleared" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London.

He also commented on the extraordinary length of time Mr Assange has been living in the embassy.

But nothing is preventing it from extraditing him to the USA if prosecutors there were to pledge not to seek the death penalty.

U.S. prosecutors last month inadvertently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange, according to WikiLeaks, but it was not known what the actual charges were.

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Assange's lawyer in Ecuador, Carlos Poveda, has told Sputnik that his client was ready to surrender to the UK authorities after receiving written guarantees from London that he would not be extradited to the United States or any other country. This comes as special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the alleged links between US President Donald Trump's associates and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Justice Department prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him.

That could be an issue in the case of the United States because it has the death penalty.

"We do not see the British changing their point of view, they continue to insist that he appear before the courts", said Valencia.

Mr Moreno said his government had received written assurances from the United Kingdom government that they not to extradite Mr Assange to any country where he would face the death penalty.

Moreno said he would prefer Assange hand himself over because of the cost Ecuador is paying after granting him asylum as well as for his own good.


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