After an earlier hardline stance, Ecuador's new president Lenin Moreno says the Wikileaks boss can stay at its London embassy. The Australian has been fighting extradition to Sweden on rape charges since 2012.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's eviction from Ecuador's embassy in London now looks unlikely after the country's new president Lenin Moreno said he could remain in the diplomatic building.
The Wikileaks founder has been holed up there for the past five years after applying for asylum in Ecuador to avoid arrest in connection with sexual assault allegations in Sweden.
He warned the Wikileaks boss against interfering in the internal politics of Ecuador or other countries.
Assange has been fighting extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, fearing that the Stockholm government would hand him over to US investigators to face prosecution over one of the largest information leaks in US history.
"It seems the British government is not going to grant safe passage (to Ecuador), meaning that Mr Assange can continue living in the Ecuadoran embassy, and we will respect that condition," Moreno said.
Assange dodged an eviction order during Ecuador's April election, after the right-wing presidential candidate who had vowed to kick him out of the embassy lost to Moreno.