wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses ecuadorian citizenship due to an “ administrative error in 2017 “ when he was granted citizenship.
In 2017 , an administrative error was made when the australian born julian was granted citizenship El Comercio reported Tuesday, citing an administrative court in Ecuador’s capital Quito.
Assange remains detained in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison with the us is seeking his extradition.
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE LOSES CITIZENSHIP
United States has accused Assange of conspiring with former U.S. military analyst Chelsea Manning to leak a trove of classified material in 2010.
The secret documents concerning the military engagement of Allied forces in Afghanistan were released on Wikileaks while Assange also collaborated with journalists at prominent news outlets.
18 charges in total are lodged by Washington, which argues he put the lives of U.S. informants at risk.
If found guilty, wikileaks founder could be jailed in the U.S. for 175 years.
With his supporters and press freedom groups view him as an investigative reporter who has brought war crimes to light.
Assange fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition.
He was granted asylum there and later gained citizenship.
At the time, Ecuador’s government planned to grant Assange diplomatic status, which could allow him to securely leave the embassy.
However, tensions later flared between Quito and Assange.
The Ecuadorian government revoked his asylum status in 2019 and Assange was detained by British police for violating bail conditions.