Julian Assange sues Ecuador for violating 'fundamental rights'

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

This comes almost seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove protections for Assange, and to essentially restrict his access to the rest of the world by refusing him the audience of journalists and human rights organizations.

Julian Assange is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms".

Baltasar Garzon, the lawyer for Wikileaks, has arrived in Ecuador to launch the case, which is expected to be heard next week in a domestic court.

In a statement, WikiLeaks said on Friday Ecuador had "threatened to remove his protection and cut off his access to the outside world", CNN reported.

The Wikileaks co-founder has lived in its United Kingdom embassy since 2012 after seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape inquiry - later dropped.

Assange counters that he should be allowed to say whatever he wants online, even if it's seen as interfering with the politics of foreign governments.

The Ecuadorian government partially lifted restrictions on Assange's internet access last weekend, but stipulated he would only be allowed to use the embassy wifi for his personal computer and phone. The Protocol claims the Embassy may seize the property of Mr. Assange or his visitors, and, without a warrant, hand it over to United Kingdom authorities.

The prosecutors have since dropped the charges but Assange faces arrest by British authorities for fleeing justice in the Swedish case.

On Friday, Wikileaks took to Twitter to state its rejection of the conditions in which Assange has been forced to live and voiced its full support for legal action.

Recall that Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador from the predecessor of President Moreno Rafael Correa.

Other requirements Assange needs to meet to avoid expulsion include since this week, a set of house rules including better looking after his cat and cleaning his bathroom.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy.

The WikiLeaks founder argued that the claims were "without basis" and said he feared it could lead to his extradition to the USA over WikiLeaks' publishing of classified information.

Mr Assange was granted refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy after he breached bail's terms received following his arrest two years earlier.

The leaks enraged Washington and included thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables that were highly critical of world leaders, including Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's royal family.

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