Ecuador: Moreno blames 'discourteous and aggressive' Assange for expulsion

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno issued a video statement on the revocation of Julian Assange's asylum and his expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, citing his «discourteous and aggressive behaviour» and the «hostile and threatening declarations» of Wikileaks against Ecuador as reasons for his removal on Thursday. Speaking from Quito, Moreno emphasised that Ecuador had... Еще fulfilled its international obligations, but alleged that Assange had repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum by installing banned jamming equipment and blocking security cameras inside the embassy. «Mr. Assange violated, repeatedly, clear cut provisions of the conventions on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas — despite the fact he was requested on several occasions to respect and abide by these rules,» he stated. Assange could be seen being escorted by UK police out of the embassy and into a police vehicle in exclusive footage filmed by Ruptly on Thursday. The Wikileaks founder had been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges. While that investigation was dropped by the judiciary, Assange still faces charges in Britain for violating bail conditions while fleeing, as well as the possibility of extradition to the United States for publishing sensitive government information on the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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