Julian Assange has been granted a passport to Ecuador, according to new reports.
Ecuadorian media outlet El Universo reported, citing reliable sources, that Assange was issued an Ecuadorian passport.
Shortly after that news emerged, Assange, 46, posted a picture of himself on social media, dressed in the nation’s colors of Ecuador.
Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over charges of rape and sexual assault.
The alleged news of the passport comes just a day after Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told reporters in Quito that Ecuador was looking for a way out of the current situation.
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 10, 2018
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Espinosa said officials were looking for a third country or a prominent international figure to help extricate Assange from the embassy and move him somewhere else.
She told reporters, “A person cannot live in these conditions forever.”
On Twitter, she did declare, “We will continue to protect Julian Assange.”
Following the comments, a representative for Assange told the Guardian he would welcome a change.
“If the UK wishes to show that it is a nation that respects its human rights obligations and commitments to the United Nations, it is time for Mr. Assange to be allowed to enjoy his right to liberty, and fundamental right to protection against persecution in the United States,” she said.