Julian Assange sues over 'inhuman' conditions, 'denigrating' cat obligations in Ecuadorean embassy

Lester Mason
October 21, 2018

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suing Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia over new rules of conduct imposed as a condition for him to remain at the country's embassy in London, according to his lawyer.

WikiLeaks, the organisation founded by Mr Assange that published the military documents, has sent its lawyer Baltasar Garzon to Ecuador to launch the case.

The WikiLeaks said Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection Assange has had since being granted political asylum in 2012, and added that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off".

Assange has been hiding out in Ecuador's embassy in London since June of 2012, when he bailed on a court hearing about sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden (all investigations have subsequently been dropped).

Ecuador refused to let Human Rights Watch General Counsel Dinah PoKempner, who likened Ecuador's isolation to "solitary confinement" [https://twitter.com/RockinTrump/status/981286495934803968] see him as well several meetings with his lawyers.

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.

In March, the Australian-born journalist saw his access to phone and internet took away from him after he challenged Theresa May's claim Russia was behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Assange believes he would be handed over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents.

It added that the embassy was requiring Assange's visitors - including journalists and lawyers - to disclose "private or political details such as their social media usernames".

Baltazar says there are no plans to take assange to Russian Federation, despite recent reports that Moscow tried to help him escape to years ago.

In a statement, Wikileaks questioned the legality of the "Special Protocol" laid out to Assange by Ecuador, which was reported earlier this week and "makes Assange's political asylum contingent on censoring his freedom of opinion, speech, and association".

Sources close to WikiLeaks confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that the legal action was in the works and that there was due to be a press conference in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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