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Montevideo, June 19th 2019 - 09:07 UTC

 

 

Ecuadorean president claims Assange used the embassy in London as a “center for spying”

Monday, April 15th 2019 - 09:38 UTC
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Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, disputed the claims when she appeared on Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday. Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, disputed the claims when she appeared on Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday.
President Moreno said “any attempt to destabilize is a reprehensible act, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country” President Moreno said “any attempt to destabilize is a reprehensible act, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country”

Julian Assange used the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, the country's leader has said. Lenin Moreno also said no other nation had influenced the decision to revoke the WikiLeaks founder's asylum, which he said followed violations by Assange.

Speaking to the Guardian, President Moreno claimed Ecuador's old government provided facilities within the embassy “to interfere” with other states. Assange's lawyer had earlier accused Ecuador of “outrageous allegations”.

President Moreno - who came to power in 2017 - said of the decision to end Assange's seven-year stay in the embassy: “Any attempt to destabilize is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country.”

He added: “We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying.” The president also made references to Assange's apparently poor hygiene following allegations made by Ecuador's interior minister, Maria Paula Romo.

Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, disputed the claims when she appeared on Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

“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.

She added that Assange's fears of a US extradition threat were proved correct this week after allegations were made that he conspired to hack into a classified Pentagon computer.

Assange, 47, faces up to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of breaching his bail conditions when he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012. He made the move after losing his battle against extradition to Sweden where he faced allegations including rape.

Assange is now expected to fight extradition to the US over an allegation that he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

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  • RedBaron

    Pathetic from Ecuador. Is it any coincidence that they were granted a whopping big loan from the IMF only hours after Assange was removed from the Embassy? Perhaps it had more to do with the picture released to the press of El Presidente eating a sumptuous lobster meal while reclining in the bed of a swanky hotel, while many Ecuadorians live below the poverty line.

    Apr 15th, 2019 - 10:07 am 0
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