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WikiLeaks founder granted Ecuador citizenship

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founder was granted citizenship on Thursday, after he spent more than five years living in embassy.

The country's confirmed that Assange was "naturalised" as an Ecuadorean on December 12 at his request, according to

Assange was granted political asylum in the embassy about five-and-a-half years ago when Swedish prosecutors were investigating sex crime allegations against him.

The investigation was later dropped, but Assange had refused to leave the country.

He had claimed that he fears arrest over breaching his bail because he might be extradited to the

Earlier this week, had refused Ecuador's request that the former Australian citizen be given diplomatic status.

"The did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with on this matter. knows that the way to resolve this issue is for to leave the embassy to face justice," had reported.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 23:05 IST