The Foreign Office in the United Kingdom has confirmed that Assange continues to face arrest for breaching bail conditions if he leaves the embassy premises.
"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the spokesman said.
A United Nations panel had concluded in 2016 that Assange was under arbitrary detention.
There is no evidence at this point that US authorities have filed any charges against him, including secret charges, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo a year ago called WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service".
Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday that Ecuador had asked London to recognise Assange as a diplomat - which would give him safe passage out of the embassy without fear of arrest - but Britain had refused. Assange and his website have also leaked information from Guantanamo Bay, private emails belonging to 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and emails from the Democratic National Committee.
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The intentions of the Ecuadoran government, moreover, are far from clear. Those original allegations have since been dropped.
"There are well-founded fears we have about possible risks to his life and integrity, not necessarily by the United Kingdom but by third party states". Were he to step one foot outside the embassy walls, he would find himself handcuffed and bundled away by the Metropolitan Police.
Assange has refused to step outside the embassy and claimed he fears being extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' publication of leaked secret USA military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.
Others see him as a criminal who undermined the security of the West by exposing secrets.
The demand for an end to the state persecution of Julian Assange must be taken up by the global working class.
For some, Assange is a cyber hero who exposed government abuses of power and championed free speech.