WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy within hours or days, according to a “high level” source quoted by WikiLeaks.
In a tweet, WikiLeaks claims the Ecuadorian state has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.
Assange has been living inside the London-based embassy since 2012 seeking refuge after a British judge ruled that he should be extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.
BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext–and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.https://t.co/adnJph79wq
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019
Sweden dropped the case in 2017 but Assange remains in the embassy following accusations of espionage and amid fears he will be extradited to the US to face charges over the WikiLeaks website’s release of sensitive US government files.
The US wants Assange after Wikileaks hacked documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Ecuador last year posed new rules for Assange’s behaviour while in the embassy, which required him to pay his medical bills and clean up after his pet cat.
He challenged the rules in local and international tribunals, arguing they violated his human rights. Both courts ruled against him.
Assange has never stepped out from the embassy, for fear of arrest by British police.
Via Euronews and WikiLeaks