Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy


Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

Oscar Grenfell

3 April 2019

In a clear threat to expel Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, the country’s president, Lenín Moreno, declared in an interview yesterday that the WikiLeaks founder had “repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum.” Moreno stated that his government would “take a decision… in the short term” on Assange’s circumstances.

The comments are the latest public indication of an advanced conspiracy to force Assange out of the embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012, and into the clutches of the British and US authorities.

If he leaves the building, or is expelled from it, Assange will be arrested by British authorities on trumped-up bail charges. Assange would likely face extradition to the US over concocted espionage or conspiracy charges, carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty, for his role in WikiLeaks’ exposure of war crimes, illegal diplomatic intrigues and mass surveillance.

In the interview with the Ecuadorian Radio Broadcasters’ Association, Moreno made unsubstantiated and slanderous claims that Assange had been “hacking… private accounts” and “phones.” He blamed the WikiLeaks founder for a corruption scandal currently engulfing his government.

Moreno’s allegation that Assange had “violated the conditions of his asylum” was a reference to a draconian “protocol” imposed on the WikiLeaks founder by the Ecuadorian government last October, following the shut-off of his internet access and the severe curtailing of his right to receive visitors in March, 2018.

The Ecuadorian president restated the terms of the protocol, forbidding Assange from making any political comments,…

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