Footage surfaces of Julian Assange skateboarding inside Ecuadorian embassy

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2019

Apparently more interested in (allegedly) salacious details of Assange's nearly seven-year exile inside the west-London embassy, members of the United Kingdom and USA press have been breathlessly repeating flaky Quito-leaked claims about his living habits and personal hygiene.

They also accused the Ecuadoran government of "engaging in a disinformation and slander campaign against Assange" after a series of reports emerged detailing his increasingly disfunctional relationship with embassy staff.

As part of his opening segment on Last Week Tonight Sunday, Oliver stated it's "easy to dislike Julian Assange for a number of reasons" - which he proceeded to tick off.

Mr Moreno, who inherited the problem of the Assange residency when he took office two years ago, added that the founder of Wikileaks had breached a "list of rules of behaviour" that included penetrating "the security apparatus of the mission. put up a security camera and electronic apparatus which was not authorised; and maintained improper hygienic conduct which went on constantly during his stay in the embassy". "It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states".

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying", the Guardian quoted Moreno as saying.

I think the key thing is we try and build public pressure on the government and the authorities here to ensure that Julian Assange is not extradited.

Moreno, who was less sympathetic to Assange's cause than his left-wing predecessor Rafael Correa, had requested that he limit his online political presence, stop riding his skateboard in the embassy hall's and clean up after his cat.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a centre for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper.

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

Jennifer Robinson (centre) says Ecuador has made "outrageous allegations" against Julian Assange.

"Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy", Robinson told the UK's Sky News.

After his arrest last week, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions, and United States officials charged him with conspiracy.

There are a lot of rumours doing the rounds, perhaps the most interesting of which has to do with lobster and Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno. The charge is in relation to Assange's alleged work with Chelsea Manning, a former US intelligence analyst, in cracking a password that helped Manning infiltrate Pentagon computers.

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