JULIAN Assange has pleaded with the new Ecuadorian government to help him engineer his release from the embassy in London.
The UK stationed police officers outside the embassy 24 hours a day in a multi-million pound operation.
But in 2015 the decision was made to stop the the surveillance, after costing an estimated £11.1 million.
The Australian claims he fears being extradited from Sweden to the US after they launched a criminal investigation into the publication of confidential cables, the majority of which were provided by Chelsea Manning.
They were a great embarrassment to the US as they exposed sensitive information relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But in a positive step towards his situation, the United Nations (UN) ruled last year his detention was illegal and said he should be allowed to be released, the decision Julian Assange was referring to.
We hope that the new government in Ecuador can renew attempts
With no firm end in sight, Mr Assange has frequently given press conferences and statements from a small balcony at the residence where he lives.
Not short of fans, an unlikely admirer has come in form of former Playboy model Pamela Anderson.
Still active in his position as editor-in-chief, WikiLeaks dropped another bombshell when it published Vault7 in March, a cache of thousands of documents supposedly from the CIA detailing hacking and surveillance tools.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the south American country’s embassy
In another twist in the WikiLeaks saga, which has dragged into it fifth year, President Barack Obama commuted Ms Manning’s sentence as one of his last acts in office.
This was commuted to seven by President Obama, meaning Ms Manning is due to be released on May 17.
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