QUITO (Reuters) – President Lenin Moreno in Ecuador told radio stations on Tuesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "repeatedly" violated the terms of his asylum in the Andean's London Embassy, where he has lived for nearly seven years.
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, UK, May 19, 2017. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls
Moreno, interviewed by Ecuadorean Radio Broadcasters & # 39; Association, Assange said has no right to "pick up private accounts or phones" and cannot interfere with other countries' policies, especially those with friendly relations with Ecuador.
Lawyers of Assange did not respond promptly to requests for comments.
Moreno commented on Assange after private photographs of him and his family some time ago since living in Europe, circulating on social media. Although Moreno stopped too explicitly blaming Assange for the leak, the government said it thought the photos were shared by WikiLeaks.
"Mr. Assange has violated the agreement we reached with him and his lawyer many times, "Moreno said in the interview in the city of Guayaquil." It is not that he cannot speak and express himself freely, but he cannot lie or much less hack private accounts. or telephones. "
Moreno did not say whether the government would take steps to remove Assange from the embassy.
Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London Embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden where the authorities wanted to questioned him as part of a sexual assault.
This probe was later dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States, where public prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.
Last year, Ecuador established new rules for Assange's behavior in the embassy, which required him to pay his medical bills and clean up his cat, challenged the rules of local and international tribunals and argued that d e violated his human rights. Both courts stood up against him.
Last month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, attached to the Organization of American States, rejected Assange's request that Ecuador ease the conditions imposed on him in the London Embassy.
Assange says Ecuador is seeking to end its asylum and pressurizing him by isolating him from visitors and spying on him. Ecuador has said that the treatment of Assange was in accordance with international law, but that his situation cannot be extended indefinitely.
Reporting by Alexandra Valencia, Brian Ellsworth and Luc Cohen; editing Grant McCool