Julian Assange embassy expulsion claims: Ecuador refuses to comment


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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy on May 19, 2017 in London, England.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange holds a copy of The Guardian newspaper in London on July 26, 2010, a day after WikiLeaks posted more than 90,000 classified documents related to the Afghanistan War.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation in Stockholm on August 14, 2010. Six days later, Swedish prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest based on allegations of sexual assault from two women. Assange has always denied wrongdoing.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange, in London, displays a page from WikiLeaks on October 23, 2010. The day before, WikiLeaks released approximately 400,000 classified military documents from the Iraq War.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange and his bodyguards are seen after a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 4, 2010. It was the month WikiLeaks began releasing diplomatic cables from US embassies.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange sits behind the tinted window of a police vehicle at Westminster Magistrates court in London on December 14, 2010. Assange had turned himself in to London authorities on December 7 and was released on bail and put on house arrest on December 16. In February 2011, a judge ruled in support of Assange’s extradition to Sweden. Assange’s lawyers filed an appeal.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

In October 2011, a month after WikiLeaks released more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, Assange speaks to demonstrators from the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange leaves the High Court in London in December 2011. He was taking his extradition case to the British Supreme Court.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange leaves the Supreme Court in February 2012. In May of that year, the court denied his appeal against extradition.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange addresses the media and his supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on August 19, 2012. A few days earlier, Ecuador announced that it had granted asylum to Assange. In his public address, Assange demanded that the United States drop its “witch hunt” against WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange speaks from a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on December 20, 2012.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange addresses the Oxford Union Society from the Ecuadorian Embassy in January 2013.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange appears with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on the balcony of the embassy in June 2013.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange speaks during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2014.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange attends a news conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in August 2014.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange is seen on a video screen in March 2015, during an event on the sideline of a United Nations Human Rights Council session.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange, on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, holds up a United Nations report in February 2016. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that Assange was being arbitrarily detained by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange speaks to the media in May 2017, after Swedish prosecutors had dropped their investigation of rape allegations against Assange. But Assange acknowledged he is unlikely to walk out of the embassy any time soon. “The UK has said it will arrest me regardless,” he said. “The US CIA Director (Mike) Pompeo and the US attorney general have said that I and other WikiLeaks staff have no … First Amendment rights, that my arrest and the arrest (of) my other staff is a priority. That is not acceptable.”

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