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Newly Published Files Confirm Plan to Move Assange to Russia

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:38 AM

LONDON (AP) — Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate Assange from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a diplomat to Moscow.

The files made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the maneuver late last year.

Russian diplomats called the story "fake news," but the files show Assange was briefly named "political counselor" to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow.

The plan appears to have fallen apart when Britain vetoed Assange's diplomatic status.

A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain's Foreign Office says U.K. officials "do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission."

WikiLeaks, the Russian Embassy and the Foreign Office did not immediately return messages.

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