10:25 GMT20 January 2021
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    Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno recently raised the issue of WikiLeaks’ founder leaving the country's embassy in the UK, where he has been holed up since 2012, fearing the UK police will arrest and extradite him to the US.

    On Thursday WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a screenshot of a letter received by some of the residents of no. 18 Hans Cres, London — an apartment building across from the Ecuadorian Embassy that serves as an asylum for Julian Assange. The letter, which has a BBC News logo in its top right corner, asks permission to install permanent cameras outside residents' apartments so that they overlook the embassy.

    The letter was motivated by a desire to better cover Julian Assange's story and promised to compensate for any disturbances caused. The letter also contains Jonathan Whitney's email as a contact for those interested in the offer. According to Whitney's profile, he is a BBC News Deployment Editor.

    READ MORE: Ecuador's President Names Condition For Assange to Leave London Embassy

    WikiLeaks chief editor Julian Assange has been living in Ecuador's UK Embassy since 2012 fearing the UK may extradite him to the US, where he could face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of leaked US military and diplomatic documents. Recently Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno touched upon the issue of expelling Assange from the embassy, but noted that the UK must first guarantee the activist's safety.

    His statements followed conflicting media reports that Ecuador might revoke Assange's asylum and that the whistleblower might leave voluntarily to due increasing health issues.


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