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Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno Says ‘We’ve Removed the Asylum for This Spoiled Brat and, Fortunately, We’ve Gotten Rid of a Thorn in Our Side’

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President Lenín Moreno said:

“Today, I announced that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization [Wikileaks] against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”

He added:

“For six years and 10 months, the Ecuadorian people have protected the human rights of Mr. Assange and have provided for his everyday needs at the facilities of our Embassy in London.”

Then in a nod to his predecessor, Moreno said:

“When I became President of Ecuador, I inherited this situation and decided to adopt a protocol to set the daily life rules at the Embassy, which is the [least] anyone may expect from a guest hosted at his own house. Ecuador has fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law.”

But Assange thumbed his nose at the rules put in place by Moreno. He was abusive towards embassy personnel and broke numerous security protocols according to President Moreno.

Meanwhile Assange made several formal complaints about his accommodations and hosts. This all lead to the decision to end Assange’s asylum within the London embassy.

But according to the Ecuadorian President, Wikileaks sent threats against their government to try to force them to maintain Assange’s asylum. Moreno said his government had nothing to fear.

Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012, gaining access disguised as a courier delivering a package. He was hiding from British authorities who issued a warrant for Assange stemming from two sexual assault charges in Sweden.

Ecuador spent an estimated $1 million per year protecting and providing for Assange.

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