'Mention of the cat is degrading': Assange sues over Ecuador terms

Cheryl Sanders
October 22, 2018

"Its lawyer Baltasar Garzon arrived in Ecuador on Thursday to file the case", said the statement.

Wikileaks confirmed that Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection it has provided Mr Assange since 2012, when he sought...

WikiLeaks said its move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador "threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world, including by refusing to allow journalists and human rights organizations to see him".

Assange's stay has become an increasing annoyance for Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who has said the asylum can not be eternal but has been reluctant to push him out of the embassy on concern for his human rights.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange raising his fist on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

That protocol requires journalists, lawyers and others meeting with Mr Assange to disclose details including social media usernames and the serial numbers of phones and tablets with Ecuador, which can than share the information "with other agencies".

Assange's lawyers are also challenging the legality of Ecuador's "special protocol", which it said makes his political asylum "contingent on censoring his freedom of opinion, speech and association".

The memo, which was first published by Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio, specified that Assange must pay for his own expenses like food, medical and laundry, that visitors must have prior authorization and that he must not only keep the spaces inside the Embassy clean, but also take care of his cat, CNN said.

Assange's legal team claimed the Ecuador Embassy can seize his property or that of his visitors and, without a warrant, hand it over to United Kingdom authorities.

He has been inside the building in Knightsbridge since June 2012 in order to avoid a European Arrest Warrant over a rape claim in Sweden. The access was partially restored on October 14.

The 47-year-old Australian national, who has been holed up in a back room of the Ecuadorean embassy in central London for over six years, was placed under a new set of house rules after he was allowed limited internet access recently after a seven-month hiatus.

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