Julian Assange being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy

Clay Curtis
April 11, 2019

The 47-year-old Wikileaks founder was wanted by the United Kingdom police for breaching his bail conditions, after a saga that began in November 2010, when Sweden issued an global arrest warrant for Assange, after authorities in the country questioned him over allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he denied.

"Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador", police said.

The founder of WikiLeaks has been the target of a protracted spying operation from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up since 2012, the anti-secrecy group claimed Wednesday.

"The only reason why this was averted, in our opinion, is that we learned about it", said Hrafnsson.

Some of the surveillance equipment is said to have been installed in the past year, following the election of a new government in Ecuador.

Chelsea Manning, who leaked the sensitive documents which sparked Assange's asylum saga, was arrested recently and jailed for reportedly failing to testify in a sealed case rumored to be against Assange.

The comment sparked huge worldwide interest, with hundreds of Mr Assange's supporters going to the embassy to protest. He compared the situation to a "Truman Show"-type of existence, and said it was part of an effort to pressure Assange into leaving the embassy".

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The Swedish chief prosecutor dropped proceedings against him in 2017.

"Any assurance from the UK Government that he would not be extradited is not believable".

WikiLeaks also told how it assumed the information had been handed over to the administration of US President Donald Trump.

They included a copy of a lawyer's notes, images from a medical examination and video and photos taken inside embassy rooms showing Assange in various meetings, including with Hrafnsson.

Mr Hrafnsson said Mr Assange was now living in a "Truman Show" operation, with restrictions on his communications and visitors, introduced after Lenin Moreno became President of Ecuador past year.

He added: "It was recorded and found its way to a dubious individual in Spain".

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