According to the AP, Ecuador officially informed Assange that his citizenship had been revoked, citing inconsistencies, different signatures, unpaid fees and possibly corrupted documents in his naturalization letter.
Assange’s lawyer, Carlos Poveda, told the AP that Ecuador’s decision was taken without due process and that Assange, an Australian by birth and currently imprisoned in the UK, would not be allowed to appear in the case.
“On the date that (Assange) was cited, he was deprived of his liberty and with a health crisis inside the deprivation of liberty center where he was being held,” Poveda told the news wire, adding that he planned to appeal the clarification decision.
“More than the importance of nationality, it is about respecting rights and following due process to withdraw nationality,” added Poveda.
Assange had obtained Ecuadorian citizenship in 2018 as part of an attempt by then Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to remove him from the country’s embassy in London, where Assange resided for seven years to avoid to be arrested.
Speaking to the PA, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said the decision, made by the Pichincha Court for Contentious Administrative Cases, was made “independently and followed due process in a case that has occurred under the previous government and that was raised by the same previous government. . “
The Biden administration is currently continuing its efforts to extradite Assange to the United States, where he has been charged with charges relating to allegations that he intentionally worked with hacker groups to release sensitive information. He faces 18 counts, alleging he worked with a former military intelligence analyst Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth Manning Biden DOJ to continue pushing for Assange’s extradition Forgiveness talks intensify as Trump nears final 24 hours at office The Hill’s Morning Report – An inauguration like no other MORE to disclose sensitive “national defense information”.
Earlier this month, a UK court allowed the United States to appeal a lower court ruling barring Assange’s extradition to the United States