Staff at the Ecuadorian Embassy have cause for celebration today with the news that they may finally be rid of their long-term house guest Julian Assange.
The Australian government has confirmed that the WikiLeaks founder has a new Australian passport after years without one, and could now return to his home country.
An official at Australia's department of foreign affairs and trade confirmed yesterday that "Mr Assange does have an Australian passport". The timing is good: last year he said that he feared Ecuador was seeking to end his asylum. He has been holed up in the embassy in Knightsbridge since the day he walked in, breaking his UK bail conditions, in 2012.