Ecuador cuts off Assange's communications from its London embassy

30 March, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Ecuador Cuts Off Julian Assange's Outside Communication. Here's Why

"The government of Ecuador has suspended all systems that allow Julian Assange to communicate outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London", Ecuador's statement, released Wednesday, reads.

The government said Assange had signed a written document in late 2017 where he pledged not to send messages that might affect Ecuador's worldwide relations.

"A message sent via social media urged the younger Trump to put Mr Assange's name forward for Australian ambassador, even suggesting how this could be phrased: "'That's 'a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!' or something similar".

Former Greek foreign minister Yanis Varoufakis and musician Brian Eno were among the first to react, saying in a statement they had heard about the Ecuadorean Embassy's apparent effort to isolate Assange "with great concern", PA reported.

The decision likely relates to Assange's most recent tweet, below, in which he responds to United Kingdom junior minister Alan Duncan's recent statement, "It's of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador embassy". The initiative is being led by Suzie Dawson, leader of the New Zealand Internet Party, and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Ecuador gave Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to block extradition bid to Sweden as he is facing allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he denies.

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In another tweetstorm on Tuesday, Assange attacked the arrest in Germany of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont under an European Union warrant issued by Spain over Puigdemont's failed bid previous year to declare independence for his Spanish region.

The move to cut off Assange came after he used Twitter on Monday to challenge Britain's accusation that Russia was responsible for the March 4 nerve agent poisoning of a Russian former double agent in the English city of Salisbury. So why is there a warrant for my arrest?'

British police ended their permanent guard on the embassy in October 2015 but said they would maintain "covert tactics" to arrest Assange if he left. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

In response, Assange tweeted that he indeed must be miserable due to being "a political prisoner, detained without charge for 8 years", and that it is better to be a worm, "a healthy creature that invigorates the soil", than a snake.

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics - he has also called Assange a hacker.

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