Ecuador ‘bans Julian Assange from taking visitors and phone calls’
Ecuador ‘bans Julian Assange from taking visitors and phone calls’ in embassy where he’s been holed up for almost six years
- WikiLeaks claims Mr Assange is being refused contact with the outside world
- He is no longer allowed to have visitors or make phone calls, WikiLeaks claimed
- Comes after Eduador withdrew his internet access in March following his tweets
- He’s been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden
Ecuador has banned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from taking visitors and phones, it has been claimed.
The whistleblower website tweeted that Mr Assange was being refused most forms of contact with the outside world by the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
He has been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sex crimes, which he always denied.
But Mr Assange is facing increasing isolation inside the embassy, with officials announcing in March that he was having his internet access curtailed.
Ecuador has banned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from taking visitors and phones, it has been reported (pictured: the WikiLeaks founder speaks from the embassy balcony in 2017)
The whistleblower website claimed in a tweet that Mr Assange was being refused most forms of contact with the outside world by the Ecuadorian embassy in London
The Ecuadorian government said they were taking the measure in response to Mr Assange’s recent activity on social media, in which he criticised the UK’s handling of the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury.
As part of an agreement between Mr Assange and Ecuador, he is not permitted to send messages that could interfere with the nation’s relations with other countries.
Sweden has since dropped the case that had led to him fleeing to the embasst, but Mr Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.
Mr Assange also believes he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the building.
Julian Assange’s fight for freedom: How is the WikiLeaks founder still holed up in an embassy after nearly six years?
August 2010 – The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office issues an arrest warrant for Assange for two separate allegations – one of rape and one of molestation. He denies both.
December 2010 – Assange is arrested in London and bailed.
May 2012 – Supreme Court rules Assange should be extradited to Sweden.
June 2012 – Assange take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy on Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge.
The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, which has been Assange’s home since 2012
August 2012 – Ecuador grants him asylum on ‘human rights’ grounds.
August 2015 – Swedish authorities announce they will drop allegations of sexual molestation because they no longer have any time to question him. The rape allegation stayed in place.
October 2015 – Britain calls off its round-the-clock police guard outside the embassy after three years and an estimated cost of £12m.
February 2016 – UN panel rules that Assange has been ‘arbitrarily detained’ by both Swedish and UK authorities.
May 2016 – A cat takes residence in the embassy with Assange.
May 2017 – Swedish prosecutors announce rape allegation has been dropped.
January 2018 – Assange’s lawyers argue that the arrest warrant for skipping bail was no longer relevant and should be withdrawn.
February 2018 – Westminster Magistrates’ Court rejects the claim and insists the warrant is still in place.
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