Ecuador's Foreign Ministry: Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

It's that lack of cleanliness, among other things, that fueled Ecuador's recent attempts to end his five-year standoff at the Knightsbridge embassy, the International Business Times reported. The passport was reportedly granted to him on December 12.

Espinosa said that there were "well-founded fears" about the potential for Assange to be killed if he left the embassy and could therefore not ethically deny him asylum.

And another pal, Daniel Domscheit Berg, said: "Julian eats everything with his hands and he always wipes his fingers on his trousers. I have never seen trousers as greasy as his in my whole life", one of his closest aides, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, told IBT.

Jeremie Zimmermann, a friend and former colleague, wrote in 2012 that "unless the people around him force him to shower, he might not change his clothes for days".

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The Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says they have granted naturalization to Julian Assange.

The passport could obtain his first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve Assange's indefinite embassy stay.

It is still no guarantee, however Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when he was accused of sexual assault in Sweden. The case in Sweden was dropped after prosecutors questioned him at the embassy.

When Julian Assange, mastermind behind Wikileaks, leaked tens of thousands of classified documents revealing the United States government's false and misleading information about its war in Afghanistan his life has been in jeopardy.

The British government continued its hard-line stance against Assange, with a Foreign Office spokesperson saying that the only solution was for Assange to "face justice".

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