France Willing to Consider Offering Julian Assange Asylum to Prevent US Extradition
France is willing to consider offering WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange asylum if he requests it from them.
When asked about Julian Assange during a local radio program, France’s Secretary of State for European affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said “we should listen to what he wants to do.”
However, she added that “we don’t offer asylum to someone who’s not asking for it.”
Assange’s French lawyer, Juan Branco, has asked President Emmanuel Macron to bring the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominated publisher to France to avoid extradition, according to a report from the New York Post.
The Ecuadorian government allowed UK authorities to enter their embassy and arrest Assange after revoking his asylum in exchange for a hefty IMF loan.
Assange had been living in the embassy since 2012 when when he was granted asylum. A week before, WikiLeaks had tweeted that a “high-level” source within the Ecuadorian state had informed the publisher that he will be expelled “within hours to days” using the INA papers offshore scandal as an excuse.
On March 26, the official WikiLeaks Twitter account posted about it and stated that Moreno is attempting to hand over Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact which was reported by The New York Times.