Ecuador dismisses reports that WikiLeaks founder will be expelled from embassy soon

WikiLeaks said its sources in Ecuador had revealed Mr Assange could be removed from the building "within hours to days".

Julian Assange is set to be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy he has been residing in since 2012 within the next few hours to days, according to WikiLeaks, which quotes a "high level source" within the Ecuador state department.

It said there is an active warrant for Assange's arrest and that they are "obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy".

Wikileaks has taken notice of this, and they've said Moreno seems to be setting this up as the pretext to act against Assange.

Sweden dropped the case in 2017 but Mr Assange remains in the embassy because he fears being extradited to the United States to face charges over the WikiLeaks website's release of sensitive U.S. government files.

A van with a "Free Speech" placard and the images of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning on its side, outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Friday, April 5, 2019.

British police patrolled the street near the embassy as an Free Assange campaign van circulated and supporters attempt to stage a vigil in tents.

The announcement came after Quito filed a formal complaint to Cannataci accusing WikiLeaks of spreading private information linked to President Lenin Moreno.


WikiLeaks tweeted today that its founder would be turfed out of the embassy in London where he has lived for more than six years.

That has previously been reported by The New York Times.

Julian Assange's cat Michi sits at the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy, 14-11-2016.

"The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave", Moreno said at the time, noting that he would not forcefully expel Assange.

WikiLeaks claim that there are tensions due to a recent leak of documents, known as the INA papers.

Clara added, "The only good thing is that Julian is an Ecuadorian citizen and it will not be so easy for Mr. Moreno", as Wikileaks legal representatives will bitterly contest the validity of any possible extradition.

Just a day before, WikiLeaks said Fidel Narvaez - Ecuador's former consul to London - informed them that "the government seeks a false pretext to end the asylum and protection of Julian Assange", and that President Lenin Moreno was "using the #INApapers as a pretext to 'yield to US pressure'". The investigation into Assange was dropped a year ago, but he remains in self-imposed exile due to fear he could still be arrested by United Kingdom police for breaching bail terms.


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