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'Julian Assange should leave Ecuador Embassy only if British govt guarantees his life'

ANI  |  Quito [Ecuador] 

Ecuadorian said on Thursday that founder should leave the in only if the guarantees that the 47-year-old Australian will not be extradited to a third country where he could face a death penalty.

"If the British guarantees his life, I think it's in his best interest to hand himself over to the authorities," quoted Moreno as saying.

Assange, who has been living in the in since 2012, wanted to escape extradition to on sexual assault charges, which were later dropped. He has been staying in the embassy amid the fear of being extradited to the if he attempted to leave.

The Ecuadorian added that he would prefer if Assange surrendered because of the cost has been paying after granting asylum to him. "We will protect Assange's rights. This is why we are looking for a solution, but this needs to be an agreed solution," he further said.

Moreno underlined that Assange should not be scared that he could be transferred to a country where he could face the death penalty.

"According to the British government, they would never extradite a person to a country where his life is at risk. He will spend a few months in jail, and after that, it's freedom," he said.

An arrest warrant by the UK has been issued to Assange over violating bail conditions by seeking asylum in the

Last month, Assange was charged in the US, as unsealed court documents had inadvertently revealed his name. reported that the information was contained in a court filing in an unrelated case. The Justice Department prepared an indictment against the founder in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him.

The founder has been under the scanner for several years due to its publication of thousands of secret documents. This comes as is investigating the alleged links between US Donald Trump's associates and Russian meddling in the 2016

According to The New York Times, WikiLeaks had published the documents from Democrats during the presidential polls, which were allegedly stolen by officers.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 06:01 IST