Ecuador refutes WikiLeaks, denies decision made to expel Julian Assange

Ecuador refutes WikiLeaks, denies decision made to expel Julian Assange

Rumours are rife that Julian Assange will soon be released from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after the organisation he founded, Wikileaks, suggested his exit was imminent.

His relations with his embassy hosts have been deteriorating for the past year, with Ecuador last year cutting off his internet.

Speaking to the Ecuadorean Radio Broadcasters' Association, the president said: "Assange has violated the agreement we reached with him and his legal counsel too many times".

The WikiLeaks statement comes two days after Moreno accused Assange of repeatedly violating the terms of his asylum.

WikiLeaks cited the unidentified person as saying the planned expulsion is a response to the organization's recent tweet linking to a website that alleged money laundering and corruption during Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno's time as United Nations special envoy for the disabled in Geneva.

Assange, 47, has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy since 2012 after he sought refuge following an extradition order to Sweden to face rape accusation charges.

Earlier this week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Mr Assange had "repeatedly violated" the terms of his asylum in the Andean nation's embassy, his home for almost seven years. He is questioned by police in Stockholm and denies the allegations. He has feared extradition to the US since WikiLeaks published thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables.

The INA papers are the cache of documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corp, an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian President.

Supporters arrived at the embassy throughout Friday morning, holding up posters and signs calling for Mr Assange to be allowed to leave without fear of being arrested. In an unrelated case, federal prosecutors in Virginia, said that "no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged".

Mr Assange a year ago lost his access to the internet, and a new set of rules was set, dictating that he avoid contentious political issues, clean his bathroom and look after his cat if he wanted the internet reconnected.

Sweden dropped the charges against Assange late 2017, and the Australian became and Ecuadorean citizen in December that year.

It also required Assange to pay his medical bills and clean up after his pet cat.

He pressed his case in local and global tribunals on human-rights ground, but both ruled against him.

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