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Julian Assange’s health is deteriorated, says Ecuadorian foreign minister

03 de Enero de 2018 - 15:38
Assange’s health is deteriorated after five years and a half, said foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa.
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“His health is really deteriorated which is what occurs to a person who has been holed up for five years and a half in a place the size of an office which is not appropriate to have a normal life,” said Espinosa.

Quito, Jan 3 (Andes).- Ecuador’s foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa affirmed Wednesday that Julian Assange’s health is deteriorated after five years and half of being holed up in the Andean country’s embassy in London.

“His health is really deteriorated which is what occurs to a person who has been holed up for five years and a half in a place the size of an office which is not appropriate to have a normal life,” said Espinosa without further detail.

Talking to media, the Ecuadorian official added that the 46-year-old Australian journalist is living in a very difficult and concerning situation and ratified that his government will continue to offer him protection.

Assange asked Ecuador for asylum in 2012 and in spite of the country’s diplomatic efforts, the case has not been solved.

Ecuador has asked London for a safe conduct in order for Assange to be able to travel to the Andean country which has not been positively accepted.

President Lenin Moreno, who took office in May 2017, has ratified that his government will continue to offer him protection but has asked him not to make remarks about other countries’ internal affairs.

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