Ecuador is close to withdrawing asylum from “Wikileaks” founder Julian Assange, expelled him from its embassy in London where he has been living for six years

Ecuador is close to withdrawing asylum from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and expelling him from its embassy in London, where he has been living for six years, US journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Saturday.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno traveled to Britain last Friday to meet with officials to finalize a deal under which Assange would be stripped of his protection and handed over to the British authorities, Greenwald wrote on his website “The Intercept”.

The Australian citizen has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, after breaking his release decision in exchange for bail in connection with allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.

He cannot be arrested inside the embassy.

Sweden has dropped the case against him, but Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States for questioning about “WikiLeaks” if he leaves the embassy.

A source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry told “The Intercept” that the deal for Assange’s extradition in the coming weeks is nearing completion if it’s not already completed.

Greenwald is famous for his publication of Edward Snowden’s leaks from the US National Security Agency.

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