Julian Assange hit embassy staff, says president of Ecuador

16 April, 2019, 06:41 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno

Separately, Robinson denied the Ecuadoran government's claims about her client's worsening behaviour inside the Latin American country's embassy in London.

Moreno is blaming WikiLeaks for the damning set of photos that also include pics of the president and his wife on lavish European vacations.

The Australian had spent seven years at the embassy fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sexual assault allegations made against him.

Javier Jara, undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, said the country had suffered "volumetric attacks" that blocked access to the internet following "threats from those groups linked to Julian Assange".

Telecommunications Vice Minister Patricio Real told reporters the websites for the country's presidency, central bank and foreign ministry, among others, has received 40 million hacking attempts per day since Assange was dragged out of the embassy on Thursday by London police.

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying", he added.

He added: "This activity violates asylum conditions. Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on global law".

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"We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up", Jennifer Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims.

"The politics of the case with respect with Ecuador's change of government with Lenin Moreno coming to power and ever since then inside the embassy it's become more and more hard to the point where Human Rights Watch said was akin to solitary confinement", she said. However, Assange's extradition to the United States could take years.

The U.S. indictment, originally issued in secret by an Alexandria, Virginia-based grand jury in March 2018, said Assange in March 2010 engaged in a conspiracy to help Manning crack a password for a classified U.S. government network.

Assange has been charged by US prosecutors on suspicion of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to obtain secret military and diplomatic documents, The Washington Post reported last week. Correa had granted Assange asylum in 2012.

The extradition court in Britain will not be judging the evidence against him, but will evaluate whether the crime he is accused of would be a crime in Britain. But he jumped bail and entered the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum later that year.

Instead, following his expulsion and arrest last week, they protested outside the top-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London where he is being held, carrying placards demanding his release.

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