As Ecuador struggles to rid itself of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has become just one more annoyance for the administration of new Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, the country's diplomatic service is taking another step that will help it pressure Assange into hopefully leaving its embassy in London, where he has been holed up for more than 5 years.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Ecuador does not plan to intervene with the British government on Assange's behalf in talks over his situation as an asylee in the country's embassy, according to the country's foreign minister. During an interview with Reuters, Foreign Minister José Valencia said that Ecuador's sole responsibility regarding Assange was securing his well-being.
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Valencia said he was "frustrated" by Assange's decision to sue the Ecuadorian government in one of the country's court last week over new terms of his asylum.
"There is no obligation in international agreements for Ecuador to pay for things like Mr. Assange's laundry," he said.
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This is a departure from Ecuador's previous practice of maintaining a dialogue with British authorities over Assange's situation since granting him asylum in 2012. Now, for the first time since Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012, Ecuador will do nothing to help keep the British government at bay - something that is even more important after Assange lost a crucial court appeal regarding the charges of skipping bail that he is currently hiding from. the original sex crime charges brought by Swedish prosecutors were dropped back in 2017.
Ecuaor's decision is clearly a retaliation for the Australian national's decision to sue Ecuador over strict new "conditions" placed on his continued asylum in the London embassy, including demands that he clean his own bathroom, pay his own expenses (including medical and telephone bills), and clean up after his cat (under threat that the...
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