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Ecuador lets Assange stay at embassy


Julian Assange will be allowed to stay on in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Picture: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

ECUADOR’S new leftist president Lenin Moreno will allow WikiLeaks founder and “hacker” Julian Assange to stay on in the country’s London embassy.

Mr Moreno, who was sworn in earlier this month, has broken with his predecessor and mentor Rafael Correa, who had said Assange was a “journalist” and granted him asylum in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.

Last week Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation into the allegations but British police said Assange would still be arrested for skipping bail if he left the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up for five years.

Jarrod Sierocki

Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno will allow Julian Assange to stay on in the country’s London embassy. Picture: AFP/Rodrigo BuendiaSource:AFP

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