Assange used embassy for 'spying', says Ecuador president

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno Credit PABLO COZZAGLIO

"We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying".

Assange is now in custody in London while Swedish officials weigh up whether to reopen an investigation into rape allegations against him.

The Ecuadoran president has defended his decision to withdraw Julian Assange's asylum status, saying that the WikiLeaks founder had tried to set up a "spying centre" from the diplomatic mission in London.

He was arrested at the embassy on Thursday after Ecuador revoked his asylum, and is now also fighting a U.S. extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

President Moreno has since accused Assange of trying to create a "centre for spying: at the embassy and using the facilities to "interfere in processes of other states". Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on global law".

Two far-left German MPs, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke, and a Spanish Green member of the European Parliament, Ana Miranda, had been due to meet their "friend" Assange in London's Ecuadoran embassy later on Monday.

She also said Assange's fears of a USA extradition threat were proved correct this week after allegations were made that he conspired to hack into a classified Pentagon computer.

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

Jennifer Robinson told Sky News 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. He's not above the law.

Separately, Robinson denied the Ecuadoran government's claims about her client's worsening behaviour inside the Latin American country's embassy in London.

His relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accusing him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy", Robinson said.

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.

Williamson spoke to Sputnik at the scene of a second day of protests outside London's Belmarsh Prison, which now houses Assange.

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