Ecuador’s President Accuses Julian Assange Of Using Embassy As A ‘Center For Spying’

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019

The president of Ecuador has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of trying to use the country’s embassy in London as a “center for spying.”

Lenín Moreno said during an interview with The Guardian that Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions during the nearly seven years that he stayed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He was removed from there by British police last Thursday when the South American country revoked his political asylum.

The 47-year-old sought asylum there in 2012 when he was ordered to be extradited to Sweden, where he faced several allegations, including rape, which he always denied. However, he now faces up to 12 months in jail after being found guilty of breaching his bail conditions. Moreno also said that he was given written undertakings from the U.K. to assure him that Assange’s fundamental rights would be respected, and that he would not be sent to any place where he could face a death sentence.

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