Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Julian Assange to be expelled from Ecuadorian embassy, WikiLeaks says

Julian Assange to be expelled from Ecuadorian embassy, WikiLeaks says

Supporters of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are making their voices heard, despite the institutions united to silence them, after reports that the WikiLeaks founder will be expelled from the Ecuadorean embassy in "hours to days".

The source further noted that Quito already has an agreement with the United Kingdom for the arrest, according to a Thursday tweet by WikiLeaks.

Another tweet, posted an hour later, confirmed it had received "secondary confirmation from another high-level source".

WikiLeaks has posted white papers to each involved government and debunked the linking of Moreno's domestic misfortunes to any action by Assange, pointing out that Fidel Narvaez - the former Ecuadorean consul to London - has said Moreno is merely seeking "a false pretext" to end the journalist's asylum and "yield to USA pressure".

WikiLeaks tweeted today that its founder would be turfed out of the embassy in London where he has lived for more than six years.

Mr Moreno the country ordered Assange "not to intervene in the politics of countries, or worse, friendly countries".

Mr Assange, thourough WikiLeaks, has said the president is now pressuring him to leave by isolating him from visitors and spying on him.

He added: "Assange can not lie or, much less, hack into private accounts or private phones".

Mr Assange was embroiled in claims that he was involved with the Russian Federation scandal during the 2016 USA election, allegations he continually denies.

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Sweden dropped the case in 2017 but Mr Assange remains in the embassy following accusations of espionage.

Assange has been holed up in the building since 2012, when he applied for asylum there to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

"He will be arrested on that charge", Greenwald told the ABC's The Signal podcast.

That case was later dropped, but investigators in the U.S. are still likely to seek extradition to question him over WikiLeaks' publishing of material leaked by USA whistleblower Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Ecuador past year established new rules for Assange's behavior while in the embassy, which required him to pay his medical bills and clean up after his pet cat.

Assange, who was granted Ecuadorian citizenship previous year in an apparent effort to designate him a diplomat and allow him to go to Russian Federation, sued Ecuador for violating his rights as an Ecuadorian.

Ecuador's leader is understood to be claiming that Assange has "repeatedly violated" some conditions of his asylum.

Attorneys for Assange did not respond to requests for comment. Then in October, Assange filed suit against Ecuador after they decided to make him, among other things, clean his own bedroom and bathroom and pick up his cat's shits. Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said last month that the government was "very surprised" by that and other actions by Assange and his lawyers.

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