Ecuador revokes Julian Assange’s citizenship

TEHRAN, Jul. 28 (MNA) – Ecuador’s justice system formally notified WikiLeaks founder his naturalisation had been nullified after Ecuadorian authorities said the supporting letter had multiple inconsistencies.

Assange fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to the US, but his asylum status was later revoked.

Ecuador’s justice system formally notified the Australian that his naturalisation had been nullified after Ecuadorian authorities said the supporting letter had multiple inconsistencies, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, among other issues, world media reported on Wednesday.

Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer, told The Associated Press news agency the decision was made without due process and Assange was not allowed to appear in the case.

Assange remains imprisoned in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison as the United States seeks his extradition. A UK court ruled in January that Assange should not be extradited to the US, saying the move would be “oppressive”.

He has been accused of conspiring with former US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak a trove of classified material in 2010. His supporters and press freedom groups view him as an investigative reporter who has brought war crimes to light.

The secret documents relating to the military engagement of Allied forces in Afghanistan were released on WikiLeaks while Assange also collaborated with journalists at prominent news outlets.

A total of 18 charges relating to “Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States” have been lodged by Washington, laid out in a statement by the US Department of Justice. US  officials argue Assange put the lives of US informants at risk.

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