Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Judge orders Julian Assange to clean up after cat, pay bills

Judge orders Julian Assange to clean up after cat, pay bills

Assange could be expelled from the embassy if he fails to comply with the new rules.

Assange, who took refuge at the embassy in London in 2012, said the new rules were meant to end his stay at the behest of the United States and Britain.

Julian Assange has been told he must pay for his internet and feed his cat properly after a judge ruled new rules imposed by the Ecuadorian embassy do not violate his asylum rights.

The 47-year-old Australian's legal action had come with speculation mounting that Ecuador is preparing to end its standoff with the British government by terminating his high-profile stay.

Assange complained about the new rules, according to which he, in particular, must pay bills for medical services and phone calls as well as thoroughly clean for your cat.

"If Mr Assange wants to stay and he follows the rules. he can stay at the embassy as long as he wants", said Attorney General Inigo Salvador.

Mr Assange argued the new measures, which also include requiring him to pay for his own medical bills and laundry services, are created to coerce him into ending his asylum.

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Assange claimed further that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno had already made the decision to terminate support for Assange.

Officials have also complained that Mr Assange has caused damage by playing football and skateboarding in the embassy building, where he takes up more than a third of the space.

WikiLeaks claims Mr Assange's access to the outside world has been "summarily cut off" and says Ecuador has threatened to remove the protection he has had since being given political asylum.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia told Reuters last week that the government was "frustrated" by the lawsuit and that it would no longer intervene with British authorities on Assange's behalf.

Julian Assange and his cat.

Sweden's top prosecutor later dropped the inquiry, saying there was no way to detain or charge him because of his protected status in the embassy. That case has been dropped, but supporters have said that Assange fears he could be extradited to the U.S. if he leaves the embassy.

Assange initially enjoyed a cosy relationship with then Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa but relations with his host nation have steadily deteriorated.

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