Lenin, Marinatto: Dolores Ochoa / AP
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tried to use the Ecuadorian Embassy as the “center of espionage”. The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno told The Guardian.
The head of state denies that the decision to deny whistleblower further refuge in the Embassy in London is due to leaked documents about his family. However, he noted that Ecuador could not afford to from his Embassy anyone interfered in the Affairs of other countries, and “the house that opened its doors, has become a center of espionage”.
Moreno said that Assange had repeatedly violated the terms of asylum. “Our decision is not arbitrary, it is based on international law”, — said the President.
He also commented on the statement by the previous Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa, who called Moreno “the greatest traitor in the history” of the country and Latin America. According to the head of the state, it can be called whatever you like if it means, “to defend democracy, freedom of the press, and to uncover the truth and corruption of the previous regime”.
The President also added that the extradition of Assange to the British police has nothing to do with the United States and data on the likely cancellation of the Ecuadorian debt.
On 14 April the lawyer of the whistleblower said that the Embassy charges against Assange outrageous and farfetched, and therefore are actually just a pretext to expel. In particular, the whistleblower was accused that he did not flush the toilet, leaving dirty Laundry and dishes.
British police arrested Assange on 11 April in the building of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Before that, the founder of WikiLeaks was denied further asylum.
He lived in the Embassy building for nearly seven years. Whistleblower asked for asylum in 2012 fearing extradition to Sweden, where he was charged with rape. In may 2017, the investigation was terminated, but Assange fears extradition to the Swedish authorities, as the city of Stockholm will give it to US. There he could face the death penalty for publishing secret Pentagon papers.
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