Assange sues Ecuador government for ‘violating his fundamental rights’

Assange sues Ecuador government for ‘violating his fundamental rights’

The Australian Julian Assange, a refugee for six years in the embassy of Ecuador in London, has launched a legal action against the government of Quito to protest against his living conditions, has announced WikiLeaks Friday, October 19.

Julian Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon addressed a press conference in Ecuador's capital Quito and stated that the new rules were drafted without consulting the fugitive. It is due to be heard in a domestic court next week.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 in an effort to avoid being extradited to the USA over the publication of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.

Ecuador feared Mr Assange could make more controversial statements that would have strained the country's relationship with the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The Ecuadorian government partially lifted restrictions on Assange's internet access last weekend, but stipulated he would only be allowed to use the embassy wifi for his personal computer and phone. The embassy cut Assange's internet access in 2018 following his comments on the Skripal poisoning case.

Assange's lawyers said they are also challenging the legality of the Ecuadorian government's "special protocol", which makes his political asylum contingent on "censoring" his freedom of opinion, speech and association.

The prosecutors have since dropped the charges but Assange faces arrest by British authorities for fleeing justice in the Swedish case.

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Russian diplomats called the story "fake news", but the files show Assange was briefly named "political counsellor" to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow with a monthly salary pegged at $2000.

"The protocol states that the embassy can confiscate the property of Mr. Assange or his visitors and, without a court order, deliver it to the authorities of the United Kingdom", the statement said.

Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says Ecuador intends to follow worldwide standards and Ecuador's law.

Assange was given sanctuary in the building by Moreno's predecessor Rafael Correa.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy.

The case has since been dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to the USA over WikiLeaks' publishing of huge amounts of classified information.

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