Monday, 17 June, 2019

Assange tried to create 'centre for spying' inside embassy: Ecuador President

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"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".

Assange spent nearly seven years in the nation's London embassy where he sought asylum, until he was dragged out by police in dramatic scenes on Thursday.

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"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadoran embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states", Moreno said.

He told The Guardian: "We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying".

Moreno accused Assange of using the embassy as a "centre for spying" in an interview with the UK's The Guardian newspaper after the arrest, and said that this was why Ecuador revoked his asylum.

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

Robinson says Assange has had "a very hard time" since Moreno came to power in 2017.

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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 global law".

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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.

The president also made references to Assange's apparently poor hygiene, which include Assange "putting faeces on the walls".

"Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy", Robinson told the UK's Sky News.

(Dolores Ochoa/AP) Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno attends the inauguration of the "Agua Para Todos" or "Water for Everyone" government program, in Latacunga, Ecuador, April 11, 2019. 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.

The United States also is seeking his extradition after charging him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system, which could lead to competing extradition demands.