Julian Assange’s lawyer says the WikiLeaks founder definitely didn’t smear poop on the walls of the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his seven-year stint there. Lawyer Jennifer Robin…
Julian Assange’s lawyer says the WikiLeaks founder definitely didn’t smear poop on the walls of the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his seven-year stint there.
Lawyer Jennifer Robinson on Sunday accused the South American country of spreading the “outrageous” claim as an excuse to kick the 47-year-old hacker out last week.
Ecuador has also claimed Assange didn’t flush the toilet, left dirty underwear lying around and didn’t do his dishes.
“Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy,” Robinson told Sky News.
Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, cited the alleged behavior as one reason he withdrew Assange’s political asylum last week, prompting British police to arrest the famous hacker.
Moreno also has said Assange violated an agreement with Ecuador over the years that barred him from commenting on the political situation in other countries.
Political observers note that the Ecuadorean president also had come under increasing pressure from the Trump administration to jettison Assange.
The president, who took the helm of Ecuador in 2017, last year curbed Assange’s access to the Internet and some visitors. Assange sued Ecuador over the matter in October.
As relations between the pair continued to sour, an anonymous Web site last month published photos of Moreno and his wife on lavish European vacations — including a snapshot of the president in bed eating lobster — causing outrage in a country reeling from economic hardship.
Moreno’s camp has accused Assange of retaliating against him with the photos, which Assange’s people have denied.
Robinson said Assange has had “a very difficult time” since Moreno came to power in 2017.
He’s now in a UK jail and faces extradition requests from the US for conspiracy.
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