Ecuador grants citizenship to fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after sheltering him at London embassy for five years

Ecuador says it has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been holed up in its London embassy for five years.
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Assange was "naturalised" as an Ecuadorian on December 12 at his request.
She said she was seeing a "dignified" solution to his situation with Britain, and she feared for threats to his life coming from third party states.
Earlier, the Foreign Office confirmed it had refused a request by Ecuador for Assange to be given diplomatic status.
Assange sparked speculation with a photo showing him in an Ecuador football shirt