Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve 'unsustainable' Assange ordeal

Julian Assange'deeply shocked and'heartbroken over Sweden's denial of funeral pass request

Assange's life could be under threat from other states, she warned, adding that she was seeking a "dignified and just" solution to his situation with Britain.

Reuters found an entry for "Julian Paul Assange" in Ecuador's Civil Registry, which only includes Ecuadorean citizens. He had surrendered to British police in December 2010, a month after Sweden requested his extradition, and was held for 10 days before he was released on bail.

Ecuador's foreign minister has said Julian Assange's five-and-a-half-year stay in her country's London embassy is "untenable" and should be ended through global mediation.

However, an FCO spokesman said on Wednesday: "The Government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK".

Julian Assange was likely granted an Ecuadorian ID card that might be paving the way for a passport, fueling theories that he might be leaving the London embassy soon.

Ecuador is hoping it can break a long impasse that has seen WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holed up in its London embassy for five years.

Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation in May a year ago, but Assange still stays indoors, fearful that he will be arrested for breaching his bail the minute he emerges from the embassy. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador's foreign minister, said, "We're considering and exploring the possibility of a mediation".

Ecuador subsequently asked the United Kingdom to recognise Mr Assange as a diplomatic agent - a move that could have given him immunity.

A statement by Assange's legal team said: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language".

The Wikileaks founder has been in the building for five and a half years, fearful that he will be arrested and extradited to the US if he steps outside.

August 16, 2012: Ecuador grants Assange political asylum. "That is not an option for Julian Assange; the conditions of his confinement are very complicated", she said. According to London's Metropolitan Police, he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy building.

Assange has spent five and a half years-2,592 days-a prisoner in the embassy, confined to a small space without access to sunlight and fresh air, cut off from his family and friends and deprived of seeing his children grow up.

April 21, 2017: US Attorney General states that Assange's arrest is now a US "priority".

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