Ecuador: Quito residents respond to claims of Assange receiving passport

Residents of Quito gave their thoughts on Wednesday about their country’s alleged decision to have granted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange an Ecuadorian passport. Some were skeptical about the news. “They have to prove it, people have many questions”, said Quito resident Hugo Velasquez. “Personally I would like to know what the attributions are, the benefits- if there are any benefits», he... Еще added. Others, such as Pedro Ormasa, said that while he was generally undecided about the issue, Assange should be given a special “refugee” status. Passerby Julio Buendia however condemned the idea, calling it a way to “escape” US laws. The information about Assange allegedly receiving an Ecuadorian passport appeared after he published a photo of himself on Twitter wearing a national Ecuadorian football shirt. Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, with British police waiting outside, ready to arrest the WikiLeaks founder for breaking his 2012 bail conditions.

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