Julian Assange, the Australian programmer, created Wikileaks under the guise of a safe space for whistleblowers who feared death or imprisonment to share information. But it quickly became a political tool to be aimed at specific targets.
Whether or not Assange sold his website’s services to the highest bidder is still unclear. But his one-time hero status definitely saw a revision as Wikileaks’ political machinations were exposed.
The man himself spent the last seven years in an apartment created for him by the government of Ecuador in their small London embassy under a plea for asylum. However Assange wore out his welcome and was turned over to the British authorities this week.
Now Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno is explaining why.
According to Moreno:
“We’ve removed the asylum for this spoiled brat and, fortunately, we’ve gotten rid of a thorn in our side.”
During the President’s official statement, shared on Twitter, Moreno shared a list of Assange’s transgressions while a guest of his country.
Watch his official statement here.
Ecuador decidió soberanamente retirar el asilo diplomático a Julian Assange por violar reiteradamente convenciones internacionales y protocolo de convivencia. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/V02pvvtPY0
— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019
In a speech, Moreno said:
“You can’t arrive at a house that welcomes you warmly, that gives you food, and takes care of you, and start to denounce the owner of the house.”
“From now on we’ll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilize governments.”
“We are tolerant, calm people but we’re not stupid.”
During his official statement, Moreno pointed out he inherited the asylum situation from his predecessor. And according to Moreno’s laundry list of complaints, Assange more than earned being shown the door.