Julian Assange accused of setting up 'spy centre' in Ecuadorian embassy

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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", Moreno told The Guardian Monday.

President Lenin Moreno, in an interview with The Guardian, also said that Assange's activity inside the embassy violated the terms of his asylum conditions. Moreno gas said Assange abused Ecuador's goodwill, mistreated embassy staff and used his perch to try to interfere in other country's political affairs.

While Assange awaits the very likely possibility of extradition to the United States and prosecution for reporting on the sins of the world's most powerful, mainstream media "journalists" are doing humanity another great service - by posting irrelevant videos and pictures taken inside the embassy in an effort to assist Quito in its smearing efforts.

Julian Assange following his arrest.

An image tweeted by WikiLeaks on May 9, 2016, shows founder Julian Assange holding a kitten given to him by his children to keep him company where he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Assange is expected to fight extradition to the United States over an allegation he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

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Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid would be expected to have the final say in which claim takes priority.

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

The Australian has always denied the claims of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

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".

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. His indictment was made public hours after his arrest, but Assange's lawyers say he is a legitimate journalist whose prosecution would have a chilling effect.

Assange's next court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

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