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.”
“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.
Ecuadorian officials say Assange went weeks without a shower, skateboarded through the halls of the embassy, smeared poop across the walls and physically harassed his caretakers https://t.co/gTkPqMXFhs
— Dartunorro D. Clark (@DartDClark) April 12, 2019
Assange was, apparently, not a good house guest. "We've ended the asylum of this spoiled brat," said Ecuador's president Moreno. Asylum should be for "people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilize governments." https://t.co/DFuSVEIGx3
— (((Levi Tillemann))) (@LeviTD) April 12, 2019
— Robert Jameson (@rhjameson) April 11, 2019
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.