Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

 

2019-04-15T080048Z_2_LYNXNPEF3E0FE_RTROPTP_4_ECUADOR-ASSANGE.JPG

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is handled by Metropolitan Police officers during his arrest and taken into custody following the Ecuadorian government's termination of asylum, in London, Britain April 11, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. Adrian Cotterill/Daily Dooh via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

 

London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.

 

Assange's relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

 

Moreno denied to the Guardian that he had acted as a reprisal for the way in which documents about his family had been leaked. He said he regretted that Assange had used the embassy to interfere in other country’s democracies.

 

"Any attempt to destabilise is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country," Moreno told the Guardian by email.

 

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

 

Supporters of Assange said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom.

 

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

 

reuters_logo.jpg

-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-15
 
latest news from World

Democratic presidential candidates divided over impeaching TrumpBy Tim Reid U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to board Marine One en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo (Reuters) - A...

READ MORE...

STUB IT OUT Brits could be banned from smoking on popular tourist beaches in Ibiza and Majorca as police patrol new zones banning cigarettesThe government hope the crackdown on cigarettes will reduce litter and waste on the beachesBy Rita Sobot Brits could face smoking bans across popular tourist...

READ MORE...

Ukraine enters uncharted waters after comedian wins presidencyBy Andrew Osborn and Matthias Williams FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts following the announcement of the first exit poll in a presidential election at his campaign headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine...

READ MORE...

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacksBy Sanjeev Miglani People who live near the church that was attacked yesterday, leave their houses as the military try to defuse a suspected van before it exploded, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka...

READ MORE...
sponsors