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Ecuador had named Assange adviser at Embassy in Russia: Ecuadorian Lawmaker

ANI  |  Quito [Ecuador] 

The Foreign Ministry of decided to appoint founder an at the Embassy of in Russia, back in 2017, but 10 days later this decision was annulled amid London's refusal to grant Assange diplomatic status, according to Ecuadorian lawmaker

"There is a ministerial agreement (at the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador), according to which was appointed Ecuador's diplomatic in Moscow," Vintimilla said.

The document in question, obtained by Sputnik, is dated December 19, 2017, and signed by Byron Rolando Suarez Sanchez, who was the at the time. Prior to this, the founder received a "special appointment" from the of Ecuador, which allowed him to work in the country's embassy in the

According to the lawmaker, the Ecuadorian authorities "had first to wait for London to agree for Assange to be part of Ecuadorian diplomatic service in the city (London), but they had ready a ministerial agreement, which would have him move to as a of "

"However, since he had no diplomatic immunity to leave the embassy, he could not go to Moscow," Vintimilla said.

After London refused to grant Assange diplomatic status, Suarez personally voided the agreement which would allow the founder to work in It happened on December 29, 2017.

Assange has been staying at the in London since 2012, unable to leave for fear of being detained by the UK authorities. WikiLeaks has revealed a number of classified documents, including the sensitive information allegedly related to the US diplomats and intelligence community.

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First Published: Tue, September 25 2018. 19:05 IST