Journalists willing participants in Ecuador’s attempt at Assange character assassination

Journalists willing participants in Ecuador’s attempt at Assange character assassination

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, April 11, 2019.

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

Belmarsh has frequently been used in high-profile national security cases, including that of former Finsbury Park Mosque hate preacher Abu Hamza, who now resides in a United States "supermax" prison following extradition.

Speaking to local media, Romo said Ecuador was at risk of cyber-attack, hinting Wikileaks could retaliate for the termination of Assange's asylum.

"This activity violates asylum conditions".

Moreno said the 47-year-old abused Ecuador's goodwill, mistreated embassy staff and used his perch to try to interfere in other country's political affairs.

(Frank Augstein/Frank Augstein/AP, FILE) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. "Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on worldwide law".

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

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Robinson said Assange would seek assurances from Sweden that he would not be sent on to America, saying: "That is the same assurance we were seeking in 2010 and the refusal to give that is why he sought asylum".

Two left-wing German lawmakers, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen, along with Spanish MEP Ana Miranda were expected in London on Monday when they were originally set to meet Assange at the embassy.

The Latin American country has claimed Assange's actions deteriorated before his arrest last week and included putting excrement on walls, leaving soiled laundry in the bathroom, and not properly looking after his cat.

Assange has had "a very hard time" since Moreno took office in Ecuador in 2017, Robinson said.

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 U.S. extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

After he was arrested on Thursday, US officials announced that he was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over WikiLeaks' release of sensitive military US documents, paving the way for his extradition.

Assange took refuge at the embassy after losing his battle against extradition to Sweden, where he faced allegations including rape.

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