Ecuador denies decision made to expel Wikileaks founder


Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, is set to be expelled from Ecuador's Embassy in London, his home for almost six years, the muckraking group said today.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes he is under imminent threat of eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. WikiLeaks states this could happen within days or even hours.

Assange, 47, has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy since 2012 after he sought refuge following an extradition order to Sweden to face rape accusation charges.

On Thursday, tweets from WikiLeaks quoted what it said were high-level sources saying that Julian Assange could be kicked out of the building within "hours to days".

British police patrolled the street near the embassy as an Free Assange campaign van circulated and supporters attempt to stage a vigil in tents.

"Mr. Moreno, the president of Ecuador is holding hands with the US".

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Tuesday, March 2, 2019, that he wants to reach an agreement for Assange to leave the Embassy in London as soon as possible, as long as his life is not in danger.

"I therefore urge the government of Ecuador to abstain from expelling Mr. Assange from its embassy in London, or from otherwise ceasing or suspending his political asylum until such time as the full protection of his human rights can be guaranteed", he added.

Moreno did not say whether or not the government would take steps to remove Assange from the embassy. " Their claim is that Ecuador is using the INA Papers scandal as a flimsy pretext to yield to increasing diplomatic pressure from the United States regarding Assange's extradition".

"We are very concerned because we, in the last few weeks, we know that Chelsea Manning, an alleged Wikileaks source, has been imprisoned as a strategy to force her to speak against Julian Assange in the grand jury". The Swedish chief prosecutor dropped proceedings against him in 2017 because going ahead and serving notice of charges would necessitate Assange's presence in court.

Supporters of Mr Assange have since gathered outside the embassy in wake of the decision, erecting tents containing teddy bears and lighting candles in protest.

The Ecuadorian government's current anger with Assange has to do with the publication of the INA Papers, a collection of documents which appear to show an illegal money trail from a Chinese company which built a massive hydroelectric dam in Ecuador. He also said he plans to look into the case and meet with Assange himself.