Ecuador’s Attempt to Extricate WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange to Russia Fails
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been in the news a lot lately, after it was alleged that he helped members of the Trump campaign coordinate a strategy to release stolen Hillary Clinton emails. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been probing the details of conversations that took place between Assange, Trump adviser Roger Stone and the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
Now it’s being reported by Associate Press Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter that Ecuador had attempted to extricate Assange to their embassy located in Moscow, Russia.
The newly released government documents by Paola Vintimilla — an opposition lawmaker in Ecuador — show that Ecuador sought to move Assange to Moscow and appoint him as a political counselor to their embassy. This corroborates a story published by the Guardian last month, explaining how the attempt to move Assange to Russia had failed.
Moving Assange to Russia would be the ultimate escape route for the founder of WikiLeaks, should US investigators look to extradite him back to America. With Assange being a key figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, the move is one that is understandable both from Russia’s standpoint and that of Assange himself.
It appears as though Assange’s attempt to move to Russia has failed for now, after British authorities vetoed the effort by Equador back in December of 2017.
In a letter sent by Britain’s Foreign Office, they strictly requested that Assange not be considered for the position.
As for what happens to Assange from here on out, it is yet to be determined. With new reports circulating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is ready to release a report on alleged collusion, Assange may soon find himself in a very precarious position.