Ecuador spread lies about WikiLeaks founder - Julian Assange's lawyer

Blanche Robertson
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 spent nearly seven years in the embassy seeking political asylum, believing himself to be the target of multiple governments for his role in surfacing corruption and United States war crimes.

Assange's relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

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

Last week's shock arrest and imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London is unacceptable given his previous work in helping to uncover war crimes in Iraq and raising the public awareness about the awful consequences of the abuse of power, United Kingdom lawmaker from the Labour Party Chris Williamson told Sputnik.

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

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying", added Moreno, who was elected in 2017.

Meanwhile, freaky footage of Assange skateboarding inside the Ecuadorean embassy has been obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a centre for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Jennifer Robinson (centre) says Ecuador has made "outrageous allegations" against Julian Assange.

A longtime associate of the whistleblower, however, told ABC News that he had not seen any evidence of lack of hygiene while visiting Assange, casting doubt on the Ecuadorean government's version of events.

After his arrest last week, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions, and U.S. officials charged him with conspiracy.

"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", Robinson said.

Ecuador's Moreno ended Assange's protected status after more than 6½ years and opened the way for his arrest.

The US indictment charges Assange with "conspiracy" for working with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password stored on Department of Defence computers in March 2010.

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