The persona of Julian Assange has become a thorn in Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno's side and, ever since assuming office in May of past year, Moreno has made every effort to make sure the Australian's stay at Ecuador's embassy in London comes to an end as soon as possible.
Reacting to the report through its Twitter account, the Russian embassy in London called the story "another example of disinformation and fake news from the British media".
Assange appeared to be readying for his new job title, and had even written a letter on December 4 renouncing his request for political asylum from Ecuador in order to become a diplomat.
The Foreign Office responded a couple of days later, stating: "We did not consider that Mr Assange enjoys any type of privileges and immunities under the Vienna Convention".
People close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange held private meetings with Russian officials a year ago to discuss a potential plan to help Assange escape the Ecuadorian embassy in London and flee to another country, The Guardian reported Friday.
In preparation to become an Ecuadorean diplomatic official, Reuters added, Assange penned a letter retracting his request for political asylum that Vintimilla insists means the Wikileaks founder should be kicked out of the embassy.
Documents reveal that Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador, may have contacted Moscow about helping him get Assange out of Britain. "Julian Assange so that he can carry out functions at the Ecuadorean Embassy in Russian Federation, ".
Beforehand, the newspaper The Guardian wrote that in 2017 the Russian diplomats tried to assist Assange to go away the Embassy of Ecuador and the UK. Had the United Kingdom accepted his diplomatic status, he likely would have been allowed to leave the embassy and travel to Moscow.
While Wikileaks published the stolen emails (including ones from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign), Assange has vehemently denied he received them from Russians or that he colluded with the country's intelligence services. The plan was abandoned after it was deemed too risky. Assange denies receiving the emails from Russian Federation, but has not ruled out having obtained them from a third party.
The letter from Ecuador's foreign ministry was a summary of 28 documents that were sent to Vintimilla in response to her request.
The Australian was planning to eventually travel to Ecuador, the letter says.
Assange sought asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questions about allegations of sex crimes, accusations that were later dropped.