UK police outside Ecuador embassy after WikiLeaks says Assange to be booted

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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Mr O'Reilly, who has set up a makeshift shelter in a street beside the embassy, said he believes reports that Mr Assange will be expelled, adding that Ecuador "wants to deliver the head of Julian Assange". Over the past months, the Ecuadorian authorities have been putting various restrictions on conditions of Julian Assange's stay in the embassy, which his defense called the violation of human rights.

Today the media and pro-Assange campaigners returned once more to the red-brick mansion block on Hans Crescent, opposite Harrods, as rumours swirled that the Wikileaks founder would be forced out in "hours or days".

Supporters arrived at the embassy throughout Friday morning, holding up posters and signs calling for Mr Assange to be allowed to leave without fear of being arrested. "It is imminent. That is according to our sources", he said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been cooped up in the embassy in the British capital for seven years after claiming asylum.

The relationship between Assange and his host country has grown increasingly fractious in recent times-despite the fact he has been granted Ecuadorean citizenship-and just two days ago, Moreno said that the Australian had "repeatedly violated" the terms of his asylum, in part, for meddling in political matters, Al Jazeera reported.

"But the bigger question still is whether the US Government will assert criminal charges against him and seek his extradition to the United States".

WikiLeaks claimed Mr Moreno's remarks were in retribution for it having reported on corruption accusations against him, although he denied wrongdoing. The Swedish chief prosecutor dropped proceedings against him in 2017 because going ahead and serving notice of charges would necessitate Assange's presence in court.

While Moreno did not explicitly blame Assange for the hacked calls and provided no evidence, his remarks reflected ongoing tension between Assange and Ecuadoran officials.

Mr Assange previous year lost his access to the internet, and a new set of rules was set, dictating that he avoid contentious political issues, clean his bathroom and look after his cat if he wanted the internet reconnected.

It also required Assange to pay his medical bills and clean up after his pet cat. Swedish prosecutors have since dropped the charges against Assange but he failed in an attempt a year ago to have the United Kingdom arrest warrant against him dropped.

He pressed his case in local and worldwide tribunals on human-rights ground, but both ruled against him.

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