Julian Assange hit embassy staff, says president of Ecuador

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2019

Assange made the decision to move into the embassy in London after losing his battle against his extradition to Sweden, where he faced allegations including rape.

Assange has yet to be extradited from the United Kingdom, and leaked footage obtained by El Pais and published by CNN has shown a glimpse at how the 47-year-old spent his time inside the embassy.

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The president of Ecuador has claimed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used the London embassy that was his home for seven years as a "center for spying", as new footage emerged of the controversial whistleblower's life inside the embassy.

He told The Guardian: "We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying".

WikiLeaks said Australian Consul Clare West would visit the Ecuadoran embassy on Monday to request that the mission hand over Assange's belongings.

Moreno accused Assange of using the embassy as a "centre for spying" in an interview with the UK's The Guardian newspaper after the arrest, and said that this was why Ecuador revoked his asylum.

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Robinson says Assange has had "a very hard time" since Moreno came to power in 2017.

Meanwhile, weird footage of Assange skateboarding inside the Ecuadorean embassy has been obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The U.S. charge carries a possible five-year prison sentence.

"This activity violates asylum conditions".

Assange pleaded not guilty to the charge of breaking the terms of his bail in 2012 when he sought refuge at the embassy in London, but was convicted nevertheless.

Ecuador's Maria Paula Romo told reporters after Assange's arrest on Thursday that he had been "allowed to do things like put feces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviors of that nature".

"Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy", Robinson told the UK's Sky News.

Should Stockholm make a request to extradite Assange, the UK government will have to consider whether this should be done before or after that of the United States, where the 47-year-old is fighting a USA extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents. Assange is being held at Belmarsh Prison in London and is now expected to fight extradition to the U.S. over an allegation that he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

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