Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy
Why did Julian go to the Ecuadorian embassy in London?
What did the Ecuadorian government do to help Julian? Why did they help him?
In appreciation for Julian’s journalistic work and out of concern that he would be targeted by the U.S. government, the Ecuadorian government under President Rafael Correa provided Julian with asylum and protection from 2012-2019. During this time, Julian lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In 2018, Julian was granted Ecuadorian citizenship.
Why did Julian leave the Embassy?
The new Ecuadorian government under President Lenin Moreno, seeking closer ties with the U.S., gradually increased restrictions on Julian’s journalistic activities. The Ecuadorian government ultimately caved to U.K. and U.S. pressure, allowing London police to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Julian.