An Ecuadorian court on Monday ruled in favor of revoking the citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. That means it was nullified Assange’s status as a naturalized citizen of Ecuador, which was granted to him in December 2017 by then-President Lenín Moreno. Assange is an Australian. He spent nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London protected by asylum status and was arrested in 2019 by London’s Metropolitan Police in connection with bail-skipping charges and a separate extradition warrant from the United States Justice Department on a charge of conspiracy to steal military secrets. Assange is currently in prison in the United Kingdom for violating his bail conditions when he entered Ecuador’s London embassy to elude extradition to Sweden. Early this year, a British judge rejected Washington’s request to extradite Assange to the US.
As an editor, publisher, and activist Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. It ipublished a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning and pointing to the Baghdad airstrike Collateral Murder, the Afghanistan war logs, the Iraq war logs and more. Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange over allegations of sexual misconduct. Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation in 2019. In 2010, Assange said he was a libertarian and that “WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.”