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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

The Reuters report comes a day after Paola Vintimilla, a member of the Ecuadorian parliament, started raising public questions about Julian Assange's status inside the country's London embassy and about the citizenship Assange was granted previous year.

Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russian Federation, according to a Friday report by Reuters. The paper, claimed that Ecuador's former London consul, Fidel Narvaez, was in talks with Russian diplomats and in constant contact with a "Russian businessman" who coordinated the proposed operation with the Kremlin.

British authorities say they will arrest the WikiLeaks publisher if he ever leaves Ecuador's embassy in London.

Citing an "Ecuadorian government document", which the news agency did not publish, Assange apparently was briefly granted a "special designation" to act as one of its diplomats, a privilege normally granted to the president for political allies.

The story, which cited unidentified sources, said "details of the plan were sketchy" and that it was aborted because it was deemed too risky.

On Friday, also prior to the Reuters report, the Russian Embassy in London denied being involved with trying to get Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy. It took the newspaper a mere five paragraphs of its 1,000-word report to bring up "questions about Assange's ties to the Kremlin" in the context of the notorious Mueller probe and alleged "Russian hacking" of the USA elections. "It is worth noting that attempts to picture Ecuadorian diplomats' meetings at the Russian embassy in the light of conspiracy theories do not stand up to criticism", the ministry stressed.

"Another example of disinformation and fake news by British media", the embassy said on Twitter, commenting on a publication in the Guardian, which claimed that "Russian diplomats held secret talks in London a year ago with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the United Kingdom". "Russia is always happy to welcome global guests if they arrive in a lawful manner and with good intentions". The Guardian claimed yesterday that Russian officials were involved in a "basic" plan to extract the Wikileaks founder, who fears further extradition to the USA for sedition and espionage, from the embassy on Christmas Eve previous year.

He originally sought asylum in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden after being accused of sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped.