Ecuador president says Assange used London embassy for 'spying'

Ecuador president says Assange used London embassy for 'spying'

Sweden also is considering reviving a rape investigation against him.

Ecuador's decision to allow police to arrest Assange inside its embassy last week followed a tense and acrimonious period of deteriorating relations between the Quito government and the house guest whom its foreign minister, José Valencia, described as ungrateful, rude and unhygienic.

"The key issue at the moment is United States extradition, which we have warned about for many years. Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on worldwide law".

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

Leaked security footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange try to skateboard in a room in London's Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived for nearly seven years.

Jennifer Robinson told Sky News on Sunday that Ecuador is making "pretty outrageous allegations" to justify allowing British police into its embassy on Thursday in order to take Assange into custody.

The Latin American country has claimed Assange's actions deteriorated before his arrest last week and included putting excrement on walls, leaving soiled laundry in the bathroom, and not properly looking after his cat.

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Speaking to local media, Romo said Ecuador was at risk of cyber-attack, hinting Wikileaks could retaliate for the termination of Assange's asylum.

An image tweeted by WikiLeaks on May 9, 2016, shows founder Julian Assange holding a kitten given to him by his children to keep him company where he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Should Stockholm make a request to extradite Assange, the UK government will have to consider whether this should be done before or after that of the United States, where the 47-year-old is fighting a U.S. extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

Supporters of Assange protest outside the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

The Australian national is also facing sexual assault charges in Sweden. More than 70 British legislators have urged Javid to give priority to a case involving rape allegations ahead of the US request.

In the Guardian interview, Moreno charged that Assange "mistreated our officials (and) started to make legal threats even against who was helping him".

The three women were trying to see Assange in prison, but their application was "still pending".