According to a report from an Ecuadorian newspaper, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been granted a passport.
The El Universo newspaper report states that after five and a half years after he was granted asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange now has a certificate of citizenship. The code number on the document corresponds with the Pichincha province in the northern Sierra region of the country.
The report states:
Reliable sources confirmed that the document number granted by the Ecuadorian civil registry to Assange is 1729926483 and that a passport had already been issued to him.
The report states the citizenship and passport were granted Dec. 21. Although Ecuadorian officials have not yet confirmed the report, TruNews has independently confirmed the civil registry number is registered to “Julian Paul Assange.”
#BREAKING CONFIRMS that @WikiLeaks @JulianAssange is in Ecuador's citizenship database under JULIAN PAUL ASSANGE/ I.D. #1729926483 after @eluniversocom reports he received an Ecuadorian passport on 12/21/17 & a citizenship card that corresponds to the province of Pichincha. pic.twitter.com/drRSZfRGxp— TruNews™ (@TruNews) January 10, 2018
An Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry statement meant to tamp down the “rumors” of Assange’s status did little to help. It identified him at one point as “ciudadano” Julian Assange. Ciudadano is the Spanish word for citizen.
The anti-secrecy advocate tweeted a photo of himself Wednesday afternoon wearing a “soccer kit” in the Ecuadorian national colors. It was his first social media activity since posting a 60-character encryption key on New Year’s Day.