Leaked footage shows Julian Assange skateboarding around Ecuadorian embassy

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2019

Lawyer Jennifer Robinson told British TV network Sky News on Sunday the Ecuadorian government is spreading alleged falsehoods to divert attention from its decision to revoke his asylum and allow his arrest at its British embassy.

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying", he added.

"The key issue at the moment is USA extradition, which we have warned about for many years".

Or perhaps it was the leaked pictures of Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno eating lobster in a fancy hotel room bed that finally did it. WikiLeaks denies having anything to do with the leak, but they are indeed the kind of photographs that might anger a corruption scandal-plagued president who imposed austerity measures on his citizens while apparently living the high life himself; just the kind of man journalists ought to be cherrily assisting in the shameless smearing of a whistleblower who is desperately fighting for his freedom.

Assange is now in custody in London while Swedish officials weigh up whether to reopen an investigation into rape allegations against him. "Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on worldwide law".

A judge found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions and said he could face up to one year in jail, the U.K. Press Association reported.

Pressed over the veracity of the allegations, Ms Robinson said: "That's not true".

Footage from Russian state broadcaster Ruptly shows Julian Assange, heavily bearded, being forcibly removed from Ecuador's London embassy on Thursday.

The United States also is seeking his extradition after charging him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system, which could lead to competing extradition demands.

In a third letter dated 3 April 2019, the British embassy in Quito assures the country's foreign ministry in Spanish that Assange can not be subjected to "inhuman or degrading punishment", according the 1998 Human Rights Act under article three of the European convention on human rights, to which the United Kingdom adheres.

More than 70 MPs have also urged the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

West met with Assange in prison on Friday.

The conspiracy charge against Assange seems meant to sidestep limits on prosecution potentially arising from the US Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of press freedom.

In the Guardian interview, Moreno charged that Assange "mistreated our officials (and) started to make legal threats even against who was helping him".

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