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(CNSNews.com) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned his shelter at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London into a “center for espionage,” Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said at the weekend.
Speaking alongside visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Moreno told reporters his government has obtained evidence showing that the room where Assange was living at the diplomatic mission “had become a center for espionage, from where it was possible to observe and to detect through hacking elements of the defense and economic policies of brother and sister countries.”
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Moreno said conditions of asylum include a prohibition of interfering in other countries policies.
British police arrested Assange in April after Moreno’s government withdrew the offer of asylum made by his leftist predecessor, Rafael Correa, in 2012.
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The 48-year-old Australian national was sentenced in May to 50 weeks’ imprisonment for breaching his bail conditions by not surrendering to a court in 2012. At the time he was facing the possibility of extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
Beyond the 50-week prison term, however, he awaits the considerably more serious decision on his possible extradition to the United States. A hearing on that is scheduled to begin next February.
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Assange has been indicted in the U.S. on 18 counts relating to his alleged role in what the Department of Justice calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”
Moreno on Saturday called into question the portrayal of Assange as a journalist – as his supporters maintain – saying he had been very selective in the information he chose to release through WikiLeaks.
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“A journalist he never was – he was just a hacker.”
Moreno said the rescinding of asylum has led to improved ties between his country and both the U.S. and Britain. Ecuador’s only request of the British was that Assange...
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