Julian Assange Used Embassy As Centre For Spying: Ecuador President

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno

"We are faced with a humanitarian imperative now that Assange is in United Kingdom custody and a USA extradition request is out for him, after high ranking officials of the U.S. - including President Donald Trump - have threatened the publisher with death", said Miranda.

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

There's little concern either from Assange's fellow journalists that Ecuador was seemingly spying on him while inside the embassy.

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A photo of Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno lounging in bed with a giant platter of lobster in front of him may have spurred Julian Assange's eviction from the country's London embassy.

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

Speaking to the Guardian, President Moreno claimed Ecuador's old government provided facilities within the embassy "to interfere" with other states.

Robinson says Assange has had "a very hard time" since Moreno came to power in 2017.

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A longtime associate of the whistleblower, however, told ABC News that he had not seen any evidence of lack of hygiene while visiting Assange, casting doubt on the Ecuadorean government's version of events. The U.S. charge carries a possible five-year prison sentence.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a centre for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper.

In an interview with The Guardian, Moreno said Assange's actions "violate asylum conditions" and the country's decision to evict him was "not abitrary but based on global law".

Video footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange skateboarding in London's Ecuadorian embassy.

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy", Robinson said.

The always-curious minds that populate U.S. and United Kingdom newsrooms have instantly accepted and promoted the notion that it was not extreme pressure from Washington that prompted Ecuador to finally push the eject button on Assange's stay, it was obviously this convenient "misbehavior" that got too much for them.

Dubbed "Collateral Murder", the footage prompted worldwide concern over the conduct of U.S. 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. The charge is in relation to Assange's alleged work with Chelsea Manning, a former US intelligence analyst, in cracking a password that helped Manning infiltrate Pentagon computers.

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