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Ecuador president defends Assange asylum withdrawal

15 April 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.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spent nearly seven years holed up inside Ecuador's London embassy.

Assange was seized by plain clothes police officers on April 11 during dramatic scenes that saw him expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Julian Assange following his arrest.

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

Confined to a tiny bedroom - a converted ladies lavatory - at the cramped 3 Hans Crescent building in Knightsbridge, he spent nearly 2500 days there before being dragged out by British police last week when the South American nation revoked his political asylum.

Moreno, who was less sympathetic to Assange's cause than his left-wing predecessor Rafael Correa, had requested that he limit his online political presence, stop riding his skateboard in the embassy hall's and clean up after his cat.

He faces up to 12 months in jail in the United Kingdom over breaking bail conditions., and possible extradition to the U.S. over WikiLeaks' release of sensitive USA military documents.

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"This activity violates asylum conditions".

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

A lawyer for the Australian hacker, who remains jailed in London pending a ruling on possible extradition to the USA, has accused Ecuador of hurling "outrageous allegations" to distract from their "unlawful" abandonment of her client.

Jennifer Robinson told Sky News on Sunday that Ecuador is making "pretty outrageous allegations" to justify allowing British police into its embassy on Thursday in order to take Assange into custody.

He also decried what he said was Assange's behaviour inside the embassy: "He mistreated our officials in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, abused the patience of Ecuadorians".

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

Dubbed "Collateral Murder", the footage prompted worldwide concern over the conduct of USA forces stationed in the Middle East, something supporters of WikiLeaks argue remains behind Washington's renewed drive to extradite Assange to face charges in the United States.

Ecuador president defends Assange asylum withdrawal