BUENOS AIRES, April 5. /TASS/. Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed as rumors a report that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be kicked out of the republic’s embassy in London soon, El Comercio newspaper reported.
"Ecuador is not answering rumors, hypotheses or suggestions, which are not confirmed by any documents," the newspaper quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.
Earlier, WikiLeaks reported citing its sources in Ecuador that Assange would be expelled from the South American republic’s embassy in the UK capital within "hours to days." According to the organization, Quito and London had reached an agreement on arresting the WikiLeaks founder.
Assange has remained on the premises of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted asylum, since 2012. The WikiLeaks founder tried to avoid extradition to Sweden, which had issued a warrant for his arrest on sexual harassment and rape charges. Assange dismissed the accusations as politically motivated. His worst fear was that Sweden might deport him to the United States, where the Australian could face 35 years in prison or capital punishment for publishing secret documents of the US Department of State. In 2017, the case against him in Sweden was closed, but the UK insists that Assange should be arrested due to his failure to appear in a London court.