Exasperated Ecuador ends asylum for Julian Assange, the world's worst house guest
Apr 14 2019
On Thursday, US law enforcement issued an extradition request in relation to Assange's activities with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of leaking state secrets to WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019.
Manning, who had access to the computers, downloaded thousands of classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks in one of the largest breaches of classified information in US history.
People gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London last week, after WikiLeaks announced that Assange may be "expelled" from the building within "hours to days".
WikiLeaks has long reported that the $10 billion International Monetary Fund bailout for Ecuador was closely related to complying with USA demands, in particular on revoking the asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
He was facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations he vehemently denies, which have since been dropped. He was arrested on charges that he skipped bail in the United Kingdom in 2012 and at the request of U.S. authorities, London's Metropolitan Police said. One was the release of the "collateral murder" video that showed a USA helicopter crew callously gunning down Iraqi civilians in 2007, further exposing the murderous nature of the US occupation of that country.
Ecuador granted citizenship to Assange in 2018, Reuters reported, as part of an effort to give Assange a pathway out of the embassy. "Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of worldwide treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable", Moreno said. "This and other publications have confirmed the world's suspicion that Mr Assange is still linked to WikiLeaks and therefore involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states", Moreno said.
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal says that Julian Assange's arrest in the United Kingdom is "an attack on global law".