Not only is it hard having a permanent asylum seeker in the very small embassy, it leaves Ecuador with tricky diplomatic relations with all the other countries involved - the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Sweden.
Earlier in the week Mr Assange posted a picture of himself in an Ecuadorean football shirt, fuelling rumours that he had been issued an Ecuadorean passport. A Registrer spokesman refused to comment on whether this meant that he had received citizenship. The Australian became an Ecuadorian citizen on December 12.
Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed Assange's citizenship request at a press conference in Quito.
"What naturalisation does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection", Espinosa said.
In 2016, a United Nations panel stated that Mr Assange had been "arbitrarily detained" and should get compensation - a ruling branded by then UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as "ridiculous".
A statement by Mr Assange's legal team said: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language".
Any mediated deal between Ecuador and the United Kingdom would likely have to address Mr Assange's concerns.
"The UK should not permit itself to be intimidated by the Trump administration's public threats to 'take down" Mr Assange'. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for five years.
In July 2014 a Swedish court upholds the European arrest warrant against Assange and in November Assange loses an appeal against the arrest warrant.
" As things stand at the moment, I think there is really only two prospects for him", he said.
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In February 2011, a British judge rules Assange can be extradited to Sweden. The Ecuadorean government has since insisted that "nothing has happened".
August 16, 2012: Ecuador grants Assange political asylum. According to London's Metropolitan Police, he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy building.
December 2014: Appears on the balcony of the Embassy again to greet Noam Chomsky and John Cusack. Those original allegations have since been dropped.
August 21, 2015: Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson visits the Embassy.
The problem for Mr Assange taking up Ecuador's offer of asylum has been getting to the South American country.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a reporter's question in April about whether arresting Assange was a priority, said it was.
However, senior government office holders have been highly critical of Mr Assange in the past and he continues to fear prosecution.
June 19, 2017: Assange cancels a "special announcement" he had planned for the fifth anniversary of his stay at the Embassy.
Also in 2014, Assange files a complaint against Sweden and Britain with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.