Citing health concerns, Ecuador has asked the British government to guarantee medically related safe passage for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Mr. Assange, who faces allegations he assaulted two women in Sweden in 2010, has been living inside Ecuador’s London Embassy since June. British authorities have insisted they will arrest Mr. Assange should he leave the embassy, but Reuters reports that Albuja Martinez, Ecuador’s vice foreign minister, seeks a formalized exception:
Ecuador has asked the British Foreign Office for a document that would enable Assange to enter hospital safely if necessary and return to the embassy with refugee status, the Voice of Russia quoted Albuja Martinez as saying.
Ecuador offered asylum to Mr. Assange in August. In public appearances at the time, he appeared fit and tan, but Ecuadorian officials are concerned that he has lost weight and now appears “very pale.”
In addition to accusations he “sexually molested” two Swedish women, Mr. Assange may also face charges in the United States related to publishing leaked secret cables between U.S. diplomats two years ago.