Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Citizenship

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

On Thursday, Ecuador announced it had naturalised the Australian as part of its bid to free the WikiLeaks founder from its London embassy, where he's been holed up for more than five years.

The decision was made mere hours after a request for Assange to be given diplomatic status was refused by the British government.

The British government continued its hard-line stance against Assange, with a Foreign Office spokesperson saying that the only solution was for Assange to "face justice".

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange first sought refuge and political asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in 2012, when he faced possible extradition to Sweden amid a sexual assault investigation that has since been dropped.

Swedish prosecutors dropped the rape investigation in May past year, but Assange still faces arrest by British police on a charge of skipping bail if he leaves.

When Julian Assange, mastermind behind Wikileaks, leaked tens of thousands of classified documents revealing the United States government's false and misleading information about its war in Afghanistan his life has been in jeopardy. She however did not provide an explanation of how Assange's new citizenship would help him escape the embassy. He stated that while Assange could stay in the embassy he referred to him as a "hacker" and warned him not to interfere with Ecuador's allies. Others have labelled Assange as cyber-terrorist who has compromised the security of Western nations like the US.