Ecuador Prez for solving Assange problem soon

Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Britain

Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Britain

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno has described Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as an "inherited problem" in a television interview. But British authorities have indicated that if he left Ecuador's embassy, the Australian would still be arrested for violating bail conditions, which could put him in a British prison for up to three months.

He had been wanted on assault claims in Sweden, which have been dropped, but says he fears extradition to the US.

Foreign Minister Maria Espinosa has confirmed Moreno's government will maintain Assange's asylum.

He has in the past warned the Wikileaks founder not to interfere in Ecuadorean politics or "that of nations that are our friends".

Assange and his lawyers assert that if he did leave the embassy, USA authorities would then produce criminal charges against him and seek his extradition to the United States, which they believe could result in a lengthy prison term for the WikiLeaks founder.

The WikiLeaks founder has strained the patience of his hosts since taking up the offer of asylum made by then-president Rafael Correa in 2012.

Assange has inconvenienced his Ecuadorian hosts during his time in the embassy, including during the 2016 U.S. election when WikiLeaks published emails from the Democratic National Committee and those of Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta.

The source close to Assange said his legal team were now working on filing a legal case with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, seeking to have Assange's Ecuadorian diplomatic status affirmed under international law.

While he has not been charged with any offence so far, Mr Assange fears that the USA authorities have prepared a sealed indictment ordering his arrest.

Earlier this month, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa asked the United Kingdom to recognise Mr Assange as a diplomatic agent with a view to him being provided with diplomatic immunity.

In December, Mr Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship.

Speaking on Sunday, President Moreno said he was disappointed by the British government's response.

Moreno added Ecuador is continuing to negotiate with "important people" on Assange, without going into further details.

"This would have been a good result, unfortunately, things did not turn out as the foreign ministry planned and so the problem still exists".