Ecuador spread lies about WikiLeaks founder - Julian Assange's lawyer

Ecuador spread lies about WikiLeaks founder - Julian Assange's lawyer

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Assange had entered the embassy on June 19, 2012 after losing his battle against extradition to Sweden where he faced numerous allegations, including rape.

"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.

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

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno withdrew Assange's political asylum this week, opening the way for his seizure by British police.

The comments in an interview with The Guardian newspaper show the degradation of Assange's relationship with Ecuador, which allowed him to stay in the London embassy for almost seven years.

"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadoran embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states", Moreno said.

An image tweeted by WikiLeaks on May 9, 2016, shows founder Julian Assange holding a kitten given to him by his children to keep him company where he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

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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 U.S. extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

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. More than 70 British legislators have urged Javid to give priority to a case involving rape allegations ahead of the United States request.

"It's appalling, frankly, the way in which he's been treated and I'm really disappointed in the Ecuadorian authorities for removing the asylum..."

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

He took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 and had been "in hiding" there until last week when he was forced to leave by the United Kingdom police.

He has not formally responded to the USA conspiracy charge.

His next court appearance is May 2 via video link.

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