Julian Assange to be expelled from London embassy


Since then, he has not stepped out of the building, but now, WikiLeaks is claiming that Ecuador is soon about to expel the Australian, according to a tweet which the organization posted on Thursday, supposedly citing a "high-level" source.

"Mr Assange has violated the agreement we reached with him and his legal counsel too many times", Mr Moreno told the Ecuadorean Radio Broadcasters Association.

The anti-secrecy organisation said its sources in Ecuador had revealed Mr Assange could be removed from the building "within hours to days". No embassy official commented on the WikiLeaks founder's status, while British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Assange is a "free man" and can leave the embassy whenever he chooses.

Ecuador also suspects that WikiLeaks is responsible for sharing private photographs of Moreno on social media recently.

Assange has been living inside the London-based embassy since 2012 seeking refuge after a British judge ruled that he should be extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

Assange hasn't left the embassy since August 2012, fearing if he steps off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the USA for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

Assange fears being extradited to the United States where he could face charges relating to the publication of hacked government documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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It has been reported that Ecuador's President was trying to surrender the Australian in exchange for debt relief from the United States.

After an global arrest warrant was issued by Swedish police through Interpol, Assange presented himself to the Metropolitan police in December 2010 and appeared at an extradition hearing where he was granted bail.

"It is not that he cannot speak freely, it is not that he cannot express himself freely, but he cannot lie, let alone hack into accounts or intercept private telephone calls" under the terms of his asylum agreement, Mr Moreno said.

WikiLeaks responded by calling Mr Moreno's accusations "bogus", and that it had only reported on the corruption accusations after Ecuador's own legislators investigated the issue.

She earlier tweeted that her son's seven-year stint in the embassy was about to end and that he would "be expelled from Embassy into hands of UK (US)!"

Last week, Anderson tweeted a picture of herself with Assange, saying she hasn't been able to visit him for a year.

The INA papers are the cache of documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corp, an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian President.