Ecuador REFUSES to intervene with British authorities to protect Julian Assange

The British government has said it is seeking to open discussions about the status of the WikiLeaks founding asylum at the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

While the Australian has been in the embassy since 2012 when he was granted asylum, Ecuador's Foreign Minister, José Valencia, said he will not intervene in the talks about his situation.

Mr. Valencia said that the only obligation of the embassy was with his welfare after Mr. Assange sued Ecuador for the new conditions that had been imposed on him.

The Foreign Minister said: "Ecuador has no responsibility to take additional measures.

"We are not Mr. Assange's lawyers, nor are we representatives of the British government.

"This is an issue that must be resolved between Assange and Great Britain."

Ecuador's new position is a change from its previous protocol to maintain a dialogue with the British authorities regarding Mr. Assange.

Mr. Assange was granted asylum from Ecuador in 2012 after the United Kingdom planned to extradite him to Sweden for Swedish authorities to interrogate him about a case of sexual abuse.

Sweden has abandoned the case against him.

However, some of his supporters have expressed fears that he may be extradited to the United States should he leave the embassy.

WikiLeaks has previously published US diplomatic and military secrets. UU., And Assange now faces an investigation by a US grand jury. UU

Ecuador recently changed the terms of Assange's asylum, forcing him to pay medical bills and phone calls, and stipulated that he should clean up after his cat.

Mr. Valencia expressed frustration at Mr. Assange's decision to file a lawsuit in an Ecuadorian court the previous week.

He said: "There is no obligation in international agreements for Ecuador to pay for things like Mr. Assange's clothes."

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, also said that the asylum is not intended to be permanent, but expressed concern about the possible extradition of Assange to the United States.

Mr. Valencia said he has not yet discussed Mr. Assange's situation with the United States.

In December 2017, Ecuador granted Assange citizenship and tried to name him as a member of his diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom and Russia in an attempt to secure a safe passage from the embassy.

The United Kingdom denied his request.