Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that there was a 'path' for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to leave the South American Embassy in London, at a press briefing in Quito on Thursday.
"There is a clear path available for Mr. Assange to take the decision and leave into near freedom," Moreno said in an interview with local radio stations.
He noted that Assange would serve time in the United Kingdom for violating bail conditions when he sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him over bail conditions.
Moreno stressed that the jail time would be "not long" and revealed that his government had received a letter from UK authorities confirming that the Wikileaks founder would not be extradited to a country where his life was in danger.
"I think 6 years is too much time for a person to stay almost imprisoned inside an embassy," he added.
Assange maintains that he will be handed over to the United States where he wanted on numerous charges relating to the leaking of thousands of classified US military documents.
The comments were made on the same day that a new ambassador in London was appointed. Assange's legal are said to be considering the latest developments.