Stinkyleaks: Ecuadorian embassy staff complains about Julian Assange's poor hygiene

Stinkyleaks: Ecuadorian embassy staff complains about Julian Assange's poor hygiene

"Earlier this week, Ecuador said the situation was unsustainable and requested diplomatic status for Assange in hopes of springing him", NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from London.

Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London for five and a half years, "filed for naturalization on September 16, 2017", and met the all the requisites, Espinosa told reporters at a press conference.

"We will continue to protect Julian Assange while his physical and psychological integrity are at risk", Espinosa said.

"Of course whatever alternative (taken) will be made strictly following to the norms and procedures of worldwide law, in coordination with the United Kingdom, a country which we maintain the best relations of friendship and cooperation", Ms Espinosa said.

"Ecuador is now exploring other solutions in dialogue with the United Kingdom, like good offices of renowned authorities, other states, or worldwide organizations that could facilitate a just, final and dignified solution for all parties", Espinosa said.

On Wednesday, Assange posted the photograph of himself in the soccer jersey, and Reuters reported that his name had been recorded in a civil registry of Ecuadorean citizens.

Following Sweden's decision in May to end the probe, British police said that they would arrest Assange if he left the embassy, as he still faces charges of failing to surrender to the court that was hearing the extradition case.

In October 2016 the embassy cut off his internet service after emails from the then-US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign were published on WikiLeaks.

Speaking at a news conference in Quito, Espinosa said Assange was granted naturalization on December 12.

"Assange made the request after having lived about five and half years under the jurisdiction of the Ecuadorian state, " the minister said.

Espinosa also noted that the current government had inherited the problem from its predecessor. In 2016, a United Nations panel concluded that Assange had been "arbitrarily detained" and should be allowed to walk free.

A "well-placed" source told The Times that embassy staff have repeatedly complained about Assange's poor hygiene.

In a separate statement, the ministry said Assange had "committed to not intervening in affairs outside the scope of his asylum status", which seemed an oblique reference to his penchant for creating a stir.