WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied Thursday a deal brokered between Ecuador and the UK that allowed him to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the first time in six years. reported the British Telegraph
Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno said Assange could leave the embassy without running the risk of being extradited on charges abroad.
"For Mr. Assange, the way is clear to make the decision to go near freedom." Moreno told The Telegraph, without elaborating on what "near freedom" means. Assange's lawyer, Barry Pollack, told The Telegraph that the agreement between the UK and Ecuador was unacceptable because it does not protect Assange from being delivered to the United States.
WikiLeaks also sent thousands of e-mails stolen from Democrats by Russian agents in the 2016 presidential election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: The US should welcome the election of Mueller for conducting the Russian investigation of MORE on possible ties between Trump campaign members and Russia.
The DOJ had accidentally announced in a lawsuit last month that they had prepared charges against Assange.
The allegations seem to be linked to Mueller's investigations into Russia's interference in the presidential elections of 2016, but it is unclear what the allegations look like.
Assange is reportedly feared to be convicted in the US and face imprisonment.
"The suggestion that Mr. Assange, while the death penalty is off the table, must not be afraid that persecution is obviously wrong," Pollack told the outlet. "Nobody should face criminal charges for publishing truth-clarifying information."
Pollack added that since Ecuador has apparently brought charges against Assange, Ecuador should continue to grant him asylum.
Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 When British courts extradited the extradition to Sweden in a case of sex offenses previously abandoned, he is still in court in the UK for skipping the bail.
He accused the Ecuadorian government of to have tried His asylum because of new rules imposed on him by the embassy.
The new rules require Assange to carry out a series of measures including paying for medical bills and phone calls, discussing controversial issues, and tidying up his pet cat.