Ecuador Dismisses Claims by Wikileaks That It Intends To Oust Julian Assange

Ecuador Dismisses Claims by Wikileaks That It Intends To Oust Julian Assange
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets, has been wanted in Sweden on charges of rape since 2012. He sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and today police have said he will still face arrest if he leaves. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Ecuador has denied allegations made by WikiLeaks that it is planning to eject Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange, who is also the founder of WikiLeaks, has been in hiding in the London embassy since 2012. This is after publishing several thousands of classified information, both diplomatic and military, to the WikiLeaks website. Assange has been in refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy as a way out of the arrest and possible extradition to the US. There are also claims that the justice department in the U.S is on the verge of creating a case against Assange. The case is based on democratic emails that were leaked in the United States’ 2016 election. Russians later hacked the leaked emails which somehow influenced the outcome of the election. The Ecuadorian foreign affairs minister stated that both Assange and his WikiLeaks had thrown disrespect and ingratitude towards Ecuador even after the country offered him protection. The statement further fueled the rumours of possible expulsion from the embassy and arrest by British police. Wikileaks was founded in 2006 by Assange, who is an Australian native. The Wikileaks website attracted attention after leaking sensitive cables that were sourced from a man known as Chelsea Manning. Chelsea is a former intelligence analyst who worked for the US army in Iraq. London police said that Assange has an active warrant of arrest. He was arrested after the Swedish government accused him of rape and sexual assault. He was released on bail but escaped soon after to the Ecuadorian embassy. The national assembly in Ecuador is also investigating Assange with the suspicion that he might have contributed to exposing the President’s private information. The Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno accused Wikileaks of reports in the local media that he might be involved in an offshore corruption scandal.

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