This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out onto the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London on February 5, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL
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Britain said Thursday it has denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012 .Ecuador's attempt to obtain diplomatic status for the 46-year-old comes as part of the country's broader efforts to resolve the case of their long-term lodger, who moved into the embassy to avoid arrest over a Swedish probe into rape allegations.On Wednesday the Ecuadorian foreign ministry refused to comment on media reports that Assange, an Australian national, has been granted citizenship by the South American country.
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