Julian Assange ordered by Ecuador to avoid sensitive topics, improve pet care

Alfred Osborne
October 17, 2018

Since then, the founder of WikiLeaks is hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

The Ecuadorian government will partially restore communications for Julian Assange at the country's embassy in London, Wikileaks said.

On Sunday, the Press Association reported that Ecuador had partly restored Assange's access to the internet, mobile phones and visits at the embassy, which had been restricted to members of his legal team.

In a document leaked by Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio, the nine-page memo from the Embassy ordered the Australian needed to look after the "well-being, food, hygiene and proper care" of the animal.

"The measure was adopted in the face of Assange's failure to comply with a written commitment he assumed with the government at the end of 2017, under which he was obliged not to issue messages that would interfere with other states", the Ecuadorian government said in a statement.

The move comes almost six months after the Ecuadorean government suspended Assange's communications in March, after he discussed issues on social media that could damage the country's diplomatic relations, including a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow as well as Catalonian separatism.

In December 2017 Assange was given a diplomatic role as a councillor in Ecuador's embassy to Russian Federation, sources told The Guardian.

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The alleged plot involved smuggling the WikiLeaks founder in a diplomatic vehicle from the Ecuadorian embassy and moving him to another country by boat or plane.

But the British government refused to give him diplomatic status so the plan was cancelled.

In response, the centrist Ecuadorian President, Lenin Moreno, cut off his access to the internet.

This is not the first time that tensions have arisen between Assange and the Embassy.

In the same year, Sweden issued an arrest warrant for Mr Assange for rape and sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

He fears he could then be extradited to the USA, where high-level officials have spoken about prosecuting him for stealing classified information.

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