Ecuador weary of embassy guest Assange

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Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told the AFP news agency her country would look to bring in a mediator to help settle the legal dispute that has lead to Assange spending the last five years claiming asylum in its embassy. However, in an unexpected move past year, Swedish prosecutors dropped all charges against him.

Swedish prosecutors in May dropped their investigation into the rape allegations, but British police have said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy.

WikiLeaks has previously claimed that Assange could be extradited to the USA, where he could be arrested for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. army war logs and more recently, the DNC emails, that some believe may have changed the course of the United States presidential election in 2016.

Ecuador's foreign minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, said her country was now seeking a "third country or a personality" to mediate a final settlement with the United Kingdom to resolve the impasse and said it was "considering and exploring the possibility of mediation".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy prior to speaking, in London, Friday May 19, 2017.

Espinosa says her country is seeking solutions, saying the situation "is not sustainable". "The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to "take down" Mr Assange".

"There is still a possibility that, even if he was granted diplomatic immunity by the Ecuadorians, the British government might still try to snatch him", Tatchell said, although "many British officials would be glad to see Assange getting a diplomatic passport and leaving [the UK]", he added.