UPDATED 9:52 AM PT — Friday, April 5, 2019
People have continued to gather outside London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, where Julian Assange was originally granted asylum seven-years ago. However, what was once a safe haven has turned into a place of protest now that the Australian computer programmer has kicked up trouble with Ecuador.
According to high-level sources, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno ordered the expulsion of Assange Tuesday as well as an arrest warrant in the case of his resistance. The threats drifted in the wake of an INA paper leak, which links Moreno to money laundering and offshore accounts. The timing of the scandal leads many to believe Assange is a ploy to distract the public from Moreno’s new reputation.
“We know and it is public knowledge that president Moreno has lost control, all he does is attack and denigrate,” stated Ecuadorian Congressman Ronny Aleaga.
In the months leading up to the legal action, Assange was ordered to follow a “protocol” which forbid him from expressing his opinions, seeing visitors and accessing the internet. Assange argued the strict rules were designed to coerce him out of asylum.
“It’s not that he can’t speak his mind, it’s not that he can’t express himself freely, but he cannot lie, or worse, hack private accounts or private phones,” stated President Moreno. “He cannot intervene in the politics of other countries, or worse, those of friendly countries.”
Ecuador reportedly secured one billion dollars in loans as part of an agreement with the U.S. to resolve matters with the hacker. If extradited to the U.S., Assange could face charges relating to his website’s publication of classified documents regarding the war in Afghanistan.