Assange tried to create 'centre for spying' inside embassy: Ecuador President

Assange tried to create 'centre for spying' inside embassy: Ecuador President

Assange was arrested at the embassy on Thursday after Ecuador gave him up, and is now also fighting a United States extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

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

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

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019.

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'.

He added: "We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying". He said he regretted that Assange had used the embassy to interfere in other country's democracies.

Meanwhile, freaky footage of Assange skateboarding inside the Ecuadorean embassy has been obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"We call on the British government not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA".

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Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno had previously chastised Assange for skateboarding indoors, urging him to change some of his behaviour inside the embassy, including spending more time cleaning up after his pet cat.

"This activity violates asylum conditions".

Julian Assange "hit" staff at the Ecuadorean embassy during his seven-year stay after he was granted asylum, The Times has learnt.

The president also made references to Assange's apparently poor hygiene, which include Assange "putting faeces on the walls".

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy".

Should Stockholm make a request to extradite Assange, the UK government will have to consider whether this should be done before or after that of the United States, where the 47-year-old is fighting a USA extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

Ecuador's Moreno ended Assange's protected status after more than 6½ years and opened the way for his arrest.

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