Russian Federation plotted sneaking Julian Assange out of Ecuadorian Embassy in London

Julian Assange fears extradition to the US if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy

To shift the responsibility for Assange's protection against U.S. persecution, Ecuador allegedly mulled offering the WikiLeaks founder a diplomatic post in Russian Federation, which the country hoped would enable him -protected by diplomatic immunity- to finally leave the embassy after six years of arbitrary detention.

Julian Assange was to be whisked away to Russian Federation under plans to end his siege at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, it has been claimed.

The designation was revealed in a letter written past year to opposition legislator Paola Vintimilla by Ecuador's foreign ministry, which was obtained by Reuters.

The Foreign Office responded a couple of days later, stating: "We did not consider that Mr Assange enjoys any type of privileges and immunities under the Vienna Convention". Since then, Assange has remained on the premises of the Ecuadoran embassy.

The "special designation" status awarded by the Ecuadorian president would allow Assange to hold diplomatic posts overseas even if the whistleblower is not career diplomat.

The plan to make Assange an Ecuadorean diplomat was made public a year ago, but the effort to send him to Moscow has not been previously reported.

Russian Federation was one of the final destination options for Assange, according to sources who shared information with the Guardian.

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The plan was ultimately abandoned as it was too risky.

USA intelligence agencies in 2017 said they believed WikiLeaks was an intermediary used by Russian Federation to publish emails hacked from top Democrats to embarrass 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Another example of disinformation and fake news by British media", the embassy said on Twitter, commenting on a publication in the Guardian, which claimed that "Russian diplomats held secret talks in London previous year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the United Kingdom".

Mr Assange faces the real possibility of being arrested if he leaves the embassy.

Despite widespread speculation over the summer that he may soon be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy by Moreno as part of an effort to establish closer ties with the US, Assange's asylum status seems to be safe for now, his lawyer told RT on Thursday.

Assange, who was granted political asylum by Quito in 2012, announced he had been made an Ecuadorean citizen after Christmas, shortly after the embassy had been rejected in its...

Assange travelling to Ecuador by boat was also considered.

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