Julian Assange caught on camera skateboarding around Ecuadorian embassy

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2019

"Julian Assange is somebody who has done a lot to shine a light on real abuses of state power and the war crimes that we saw in Iraq, so it's really key, I think, to ensure that we give the public the information so that we can hopefully ensure that politicians, at least in this country, don't ever take us into an illegal war again as we saw in Iraq in 2003", Williamson said.

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

The Ecuadoran president has defended his decision to withdraw Julian Assange's asylum status, saying that the WikiLeaks founder had tried to set up a "spying centre" from the diplomatic mission in London.

Lenin Moreno also said no other nation had influenced the decision to revoke the WikiLeaks founder's asylum, which he said followed 'violations infringed by Assange'.

Footage from Russian state broadcaster Ruptly shows Julian Assange, heavily bearded, being forcibly removed from Ecuador's London embassy on Thursday.


"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying", the Guardian quoted Moreno as saying.

Julian Assange "hit" staff at the Ecuadorean embassy during his seven-year stay after he was granted asylum, The Times has learnt. He now faces jail for breaching bail and possible extradition to the US.

The United States is also seeking his extradition after charging him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.

U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid would be expected to have the final say in which extradition claim takes priority, if Sweden does file a new one.

"Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy", Robinson told the UK's Sky News.


The always-curious minds that populate USA 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. More than 70 British legislators have urged Javid to give priority to a case involving rape allegations ahead of the USA request.

Extradition to the United States would set "a risky precedent" for journalists worldwide, said Miranda, adding: "this threatens to criminalise journalism globally".

Assange, who appeared much older when he emerged from the embassy than when he sought refuge there in August 2012, has denied the Swedish rape allegation, asserting the sex was consensual.

Assange's next court appearance is scheduled for May 2.


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