Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2019

"Julian Assange has been kicked out of the Ecuadorean embassy after spending seven years there, and part of the reason they wanted him out may be he did not make life easy for his hosts".

Apparently more interested in (allegedly) salacious details of Assange's nearly seven-year exile inside the west-London embassy, members of the United Kingdom and USA press have been breathlessly repeating flaky Quito-leaked claims about his living habits and personal hygiene.

In a video announcement after Assange's arrest, Moreno accused Assange of "discourteous and aggressive behaviour" inside the embassy, and said that WikiLeaks made "hostile and threatening declarations" during Assange's time in the embassy.

Julian Assange, dressed in a vest and shorts, skateboards around his bedroom in the Ecuadorian embassy.

What WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did to entertain himself during his seven-year stay inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London has always been the source of speculation.

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying".

Speaking to the Guardian, President Moreno claimed Ecuador's old government provided facilities within the embassy "to interfere" with other states.

The comments in an interview with The Guardian newspaper show the degradation of Assange's relationship with Ecuador, which allowed him to stay in the London embassy for almost seven years.

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Meanwhile, as journalists and commentators joke about his plight, Assange is languishing in the UK's notorious maximum Belmarsh Prison where he awaits a U.S. extradition hearing for the crime of committing real journalism.

President Lenin Moreno, in an interview with The Guardian, also said that Assange's activity inside the embassy violated the terms of his asylum conditions.

In an interview with The Guardian, Moreno said Assange's actions "violate asylum conditions" and the country's decision to evict him was "not abitrary but based on worldwide law".

"We call on the British government not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA".

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy", she said. The charge is in relation to Assange's alleged work with Chelsea Manning, a former USA intelligence analyst, in cracking a password that helped Manning infiltrate Pentagon computers.

There are a lot of rumours doing the rounds, perhaps the most interesting of which has to do with lobster and Ecuadorian President LenĂ­n Moreno.

Assange is jailed in Britain for jumping bail and faces an extradition request from the United States for conspiracy.

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