But insiders have said they believe the passport was issued to him last month and the Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Assange diplomatic status.
Assange will face arrest for breaking his bail conditions if he leaves Ecuador's London Embassy, where he was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he has repeatedly denied.
Sweden dropped their investigation over the 2010 allegations past year, but British police have said they are still seeking to arrest him for failing to surrender to a court after violating bail terms.
"On December 20, the Foreign Ministry via its embassy in London requested the British Foreign Office consider accrediting Mr. Assange as a diplomatic agent in Ecuador's mission in the United Kingdom", Espinosa said.
Now the official Wikileaks Twitter account has demanded Assange be released, and considering Assange is in charge of Wikileaks it's sort of like he's asking the government leave him alone in the third person - even if Assange isn't writing the tweets himself.
Assange, who has received numerous visitors to his modest quarters in the embassy, ranging from Nigel Farage to Lady Gaga, has described the period since his initial arrest as a "terrible injustice".
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News of the Ecuadoran move to grant Assange citizenship emerged Wednesday when the Ecuadoran newspaper El Universo reported that, according to the country's civil register, he had been assigned an identity number.
In July 2014 a Swedish court upholds the European arrest warrant against Assange and in November Assange loses an appeal against the arrest warrant.
The Wikileaks founder has been in the building for five and a half years, fearful that he will be arrested and extradited to the US if he steps outside.
The United States still wants to prosecute Julian Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917. And Ecuador's considering outside help to resolve the case of Julian Assange.
In February 2016, the United Nations panel confirms its view that Assange has been "arbitrarily detained", saying he should be able to claim compensation from Britain and Sweden.