In January, days after announcing it is seeking a mediator to resolve the standoff with Britain, Ecuador says it has granted Assange citizenship.
"There are well-founded fears we have about possible risks to his life and integrity, not necessarily by the United Kingdom but by third party states".
Ecuador's foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said: 'No solution will be achieved without global cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out'. But the United Kingdom has warned it will arrest the WikiLeaks founder if he steps outside Ecuador's embassy.
But previous year, the Australian, 46, angered Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting support for Catalan separatists.
Assange later taunted after Lasso's loss that he would "cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days".
Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.More news: One Of These Insiders With 'Berkshire In Their Blood' May Succeed Buffett
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There is no evidence at this point that US authorities have filed any charges against him, including secret charges, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo previous year called WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service".
The UK has refused, saying Mr Assange - who has been at the embassy since 2012 - should now leave and "face justice".
What could happen to Julian Assange now?
The Ecuadorian government has become entirely fed up with the dispute over Assange's status as it's dragged on, calling the dispute "untenable". According to Assange's edition, a passport could also have been issued. Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.
The 46-year-old Australian still fears being sent to the USA to face charges over WikiLeaks' release of secret U.S. government documents.
August 16, 2012: Ecuador grants Assange political asylum.
The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the worldwide working class.