UK denies diplomatic status to Assange: Report

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. Photograph:( Reuters )

London, United Kingdom Jan 11, 2018, 05.54 AM (IST)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied diplomatic status by the UK which was requested by the Ecuador government, reports said, a move would have helped Assange to leave Britain without being arrested.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 over rape allegations in Sweden even though the country withdrew the charge two years ago.

Reports had emerged in the past few days with Ecuador foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa reportedly told the media that the current situation was “not sustainable” and indicated a third-party solution to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with the UK.

Espinosa had said "no solution" could be achieved without "international cooperation" and cooperation of the UK.

The Wikileaks founder could be arrested by UK authorities for violating bail conditions. Assange feels once he is arrested he might be extradited to the US where he facing charges for leaking classified US documents.

Assange has been living inside the Ecuador embassy claiming "political asylum" even as UK police officials continue to monitor his movements from outside, posted just outside the embassy.

A United Nations panel had earlier said that Assange was being "arbitrarily detained" but it was rejected by UK authorities.