Julian Assange being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy

Julian Assange has been spied on even while taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy

Julian Assange has been spied on even while taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy

In his first year in office, Ecuador's president, Lenín Moreno, called Assange a "hacker", an "inherited problem" and a "stone in the shoe".

Former Consul of Ecuador to London Fidel Narvaez, WikiLeaks editor in chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and barrister Jennifer Robinson hold a news conference relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, Britain April 10, 2019.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said he met members of the group who were selling the material and that Spanish police are now investigating the case.

Campaigners regularly rally for Assange to be allowed to walk free from the embassy without facing arrest.

"The only reason why this was averted, in our opinion, is that we learned about it", said Hrafnsson.

It claimed a "high-level" source had told the organisation that Assange would be booted out of the embassy in London. "It is further evidence of the sustained intrusion and harassment that he has been suffering".

"But such a move now seems likely, according to signals from Quito". Ejecting him from the embassy would be a clear violation of his Ecuadorean citizenship and asylum rights.

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Hrafnsson said that the surveillance at the embassy was part of an escalation created to achieve the result of having Assange extradited to the United States. "He's a hero, not a criminal".

She then reported that the auto had moved to directly across from the embassy, but there were different passengers there.

"Extortion is a very serious matter but of much greater concern to me is this material-gathering and spying on Julian Assange by the (Ecuadorean) government. against an individual who was granted asylum", Hrafnsson told reporters.

Some of the surveillance equipment is said to have been installed in the past year, following the election of a new government in Ecuador. Specifically, he insisted that Assange shouldn't meddle in the politics of other states, especially Ecuador's partners.

Sweden has dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, but he refuses to come out for fear of facing US charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents.

Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning on sexual misconduct allegations.

Hrafnsson said that the surveillance at the embassy - which had led to Assange living a "Truman Show existence" - was part of an escalation created to achieve an end result of having Assange extradited to the US. The accusations surfaced shortly after WikiLeaks released a massive trove classified and sensitive documents about the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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