"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 extraction was scheduled for Christmas Eve 2017 and was to be overseen by the head of Ecuador's intelligence agency who arrived in London on 15 December, it was claimed. Thus, the WikiLeaks founder can not depart the Ecuadorian Embassy, as will probably be instantly detained by the London police.
One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russian Federation, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US.
The details of a bold plot to smuggle Wikileaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London have leaked.
But the plan faltered when the British government refused to accept Ecuador's application to make Assange a diplomat so he would be immune from prosecution, the sources said.
"It is false that giving Julian Assange diplomatic status is news", WikiLeaks responded through its Twitter account Friday. Assange denies any connection to stolen documents. 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 United States elections.
"As regards the idea that "the Kremlin was willing to offer support" to a secret plan by "allowing Assange to travel to Russia", we are puzzled by the sensational attitude of the authors", the Russian embassy added.
The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow.
Were Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has lived since 2012, he would nearly certainly be arrested by British authorities.
While Wikileaks published the stolen emails (including ones from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign), Assange has vehemently denied he received them from Russians or that he colluded with the country's intelligence services.
Assange is also avoiding being arrested and extradited to Sweden over allegations that he sexually molested one woman and raped another during a trip to the Scandinavian country in August 2010. "Look at what Google and Baidu and Tencent and Amazon and Facebook are doing", Assange began."They are basically open-cut harvesting the knowledge of humankind as we express it, when we communicate with each other, this classical model, which people in academia call "surveillance capitalism" has changed now".