REPORT: Ecuadorian Government Ready To Turn Over Wikileaks' Julian Assange

Assange has been hiding out from justice in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. But not for long.

 Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets
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Time may be running out for Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

According to a report in The Intercept, Ecuadorian officials are "planning to withdraw asylum" from Assange, who has been staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, avoiding a warrant for his arrest out of Sweden — where he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl — and potential extradition to the United States, where he could face espionage and conspiracy charges.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald, who has been covering Assange's case at The Intercept, says the Ecuadorian president met with British officials on Friday, and that Assange could be booted from the embassy as early as this week.

Strangely enough, it may not be Ecuador, the United Kingdom, or the United States ultimately responsible for Assange's ouster, but Spain. Assange was blocked from using the internet three months ago after he tweeted out support for a secessionist group in Spain, violating what Ecuador says was an agreement that Assange not meddle in international affairs so long as he was under their protection.

Greenwald says that he's unable to predict what might happen if Assange is forced to leave the Ecuadorian embassy. The Swedes closed their investigation into whether Assange raped a Swedish national, and they likely won't petition for his extradition.

The United States could ask the Brits to extradite Assange for publishing Chelsea Manning's treasure trove of secret documents on the Iraq War, or to face questioning into whether he helped Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election, but that could involve months of negotiation, and then months of what would likely be a very public trial.

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