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>> Cannot be denied.>> WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, was granted a diplomatic post in Russia last year, according to a document seen by Reuters. But the title was rescinded after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity. The job was awarded by Ecuador, which suggests president Lenín Moreno had engaged Moscow to resolve Assange's situation.
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He's been holed up in Ecuador's embassy for the last six years avoiding arrest by British authorities on charges of skipping bail. The plan to make Assange an Ecuadorian diplomat was made public last year. But the efforts ascend him to Moscow has not been previously reported. The plan raises new questions about Assange's ties to the Kremlin.
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US intelligence agencies have previously said they believed WikiLeaks was an intermediary. Used by Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election. On Friday the Guardian newspaper said Russian diplomats held secret talks in London to help Assange flee Britain through a tentative plan scheduled two years ago.
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The report which cited unidentified sources said details of the plan were sketchy.
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it was aborted because it was deemed too risky.