Jose Valencia, minister of foreign affairs in Ecuador, has revealed that the country has revoked the citizenship it granted Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
Valencia disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday.
“The decision to grant Ecuadorian citizenship to Assange was suspended due to various violations (norms linked to the conditions of his stay on the territory of the republic’s embassy in the UK,” he stated.
Assange was arrested at the country’s embassy in the United Kingdom on Thursday morning, ending a seven-year protection for him against extradition to the United States.
Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, said he withdrew Assange’s asylum after repeatedly violated international conventions.
Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno said the country had “reached its limit on the behaviour of Assange” after he intervened in the internal affairs of other states.
Moreno added: “The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when Wikileaks leaked Vatican documents.
“This and other publications have confirmed the world’s suspicion that Assange is still linked to WikiLeaks and therefore involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states.”
He is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with a former intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning, who reportedly disclosed more than 700, 000 confidential documents, videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website.