Julian Assange to be 'expelled' from Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

While Moreno did not explicitly blame Assange for the hacked calls and provided no evidence, his remarks reflected ongoing tension between Assange and Ecuadoran officials. He also said Quito was seeking an arrangement with Britain to allow him to leave the embassy.

The Australian had initially sought refuge in the embassy seven years ago in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden where he had faced sexual assault allegations - these have since been dropped.

Sweden dropped the case in 2017 but Mr Assange remains in the embassy because he fears being extradited to the United States to face charges over the WikiLeaks website's release of sensitive U.S. government files.

Fethi, 52, a gardener from London, said he had come to protest because he feared Assange would be bundled away like Chelsea Manning to be imprisoned in the US.

Moreno was also forced to deny allegations of corruption which surfaced on the website inapapers.org, with the president claiming he knew who was responsible for the accusations.

A senior Ecuadorian official insists that the government has not made a decision on Assange yet, and Associated Press picked up on a statement from their foreign ministry saying they won't comment on "rumors, theories or conjectures".

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Earlier this week, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno accused Assange of repeatedly violating the terms of his asylum in the embassy while speaking to radio broadcasters in the country.

Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee said, "I am very grateful to WSWS readers for their continuous support and I appeal to you to please get behind this global movement in freeing Julian Assange and supporting him in this terrible time when he is facing possible expulsion".

The trove of emails, phone communications and expense receipts are said to link the president and his family to a series of corrupt and criminal dealings, including money laundering and offshore accounts.

"Julian Assange is a free man, he can leave that embassy whenever he wants to, so we want the situation resolved as quickly as possible".

Ecuador's government contended the requirements were aimed at peaceful cohabitation in tight quarters in the small embassy, where Mr Assange takes up more than a third of the space.

Meanwhile, Ecuador's foreign affairs minister has dismissed the reports of Assange's imminent expulsion from the embassy as "unfounded rumours". Swedish prosecutors have since dropped the charges against Assange but he failed in an attempt past year to have the United Kingdom arrest warrant against him dropped.

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