Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

  • Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

"The politics of the case with respect with Ecuador's change of government with Lenin Moreno coming to power and ever since then inside the embassy it's become more and more hard to the point where Human Rights Watch said was akin to solitary confinement", she said.

The comments show the degradation of Julian Assange's relationship with Ecuador, which allowed him to stay in the London embassy for almost seven years.

Speaking to the Guardian, President Moreno claimed Ecuador's old government provided facilities within the embassy "to interfere" with other states.

Last week Julian Assange was pulled kicking and screaming out of the Ecuadorian embassy.

"We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying", Moreno said, in an apparent reference to the leaked pictures. Assange had been confined to the embassy building for the past seven years, having violated his bail conditions in order to demand asylum over fears he could be extradited to Sweden following allegations of sexual assault.

The Ecuadorean president also said that the health of Assange, 47, ...

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy", she said.

Pressed over the veracity of the allegations, Ms Robinson said: "That's not true".

Assange is now in custody in London while Swedish officials weigh up whether to reopen an investigation into rape allegations against him.

Dubbed "Collateral Murder", the footage prompted worldwide concern over the conduct of U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East, something supporters of WikiLeaks argue remains behind Washington's renewed drive to extradite Assange to face charges in the United States.

One particularly controversial piece, consisting of gun camera footage leaked to Assange's organization by former US army soldier Chelsea Manning, appears to show US Apache gunships firing on civilians in Iraq in 2007.

More than 70 MPs have also urged the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.