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Ecuador wants to extradite me to U.S., - Assange

He filed a lawsuit due to the change of the rules of his stay at the Embassy of Ecuador in London
14:35, 30 October 2018

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Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange claimed that the authorities of Ecuador want to deprive him of the refuge and extradite to the U.S. as Reuters reported.

Assange spoke from the embassy via teleconference at a hearing in Quito of a lawsuit challenging the Ecuadorean government. During the hearing, Assange said the new rules were a sign Ecuador was trying to push him out,” the message said.

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He disputes new rules according to which, he has to pay for medical and phone bills and take care of his cat.

A judge declined the lawsuit pointing out that the foreign ministry is responsible for the establishment of his living conditions. She also reminded that the stay of Assange cost $6 million for the country.

Related: Swedish Prosecutor’s Office dropped charges against WikiLeaks founder Assange

Earlier we reported that Ecuador government tried to appoint Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to the post of the political counselor at the Embassy of Ecuador in Moscow.

Julian Assange has been on the territory of Ecuador’s Embassy in London since 2012. He can not leave the territory of the diplomatic mission as he fears arrest under Sweden’s request and further extradition in the US. The American authorities accuse Assange of publishing secret data of the State Department. He faces 35 years of imprisonment and even a death penalty. Assange himself denies the accusations.

Related: Assange: WikiLeaks is to publish another batch of documents related to Clinton

In March, Assange was deprived of all the communication means due to the violation of a written commitment as of 2017 not to spread statements which would suppose the involvement in the relations with other states. He spread information about Russia’s guiltlessness in Skripal’s case.

 

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