The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past seven years where he was granted political asylum but could not be emigrated on British soil has finally reached the end of the line.
The President of Ecuador shocked the world as he went live on media cancelling the Wikileaks founder’s granted asylum on claimed merits Assange was on numerous occasions in violation of “clear cut provisions of the conventions of on diplomatic asylum”.
An hour later, an unshaven and boulder, rough looking Assange appears through the front entrance of the Ecuadorian Embassy being manhandled by the police into an awaiting Metropolitan Police van. He could be audibly heard shouting “Britain must resist” as he is taken away.
In his speech, wheelchair bound President Lenin Moreno clarified that he had sought and secured assurance from the British government that Mr Assange will not be extradited to a country where he would face torture or death penalty.
“The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr Assange. He installed electronic and distortion equipment not allowed. He blocked the security cameras of the Ecuadorian mission in London. He has confronted and mistreated guards. He had accessed the security files of our embassy without permission. He claimed to be isolated and rejected the internet connection offered by the embassy and yet he had a mobile phone with which he communicated with the outside world.
“While Ecuador upheld the generous conditions of his asylum, Mr Assange legally challenged in three difference instances the legality of the protocol. In all cases the relevant judicial authorities have validated Ecuador’s position in line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law.
“I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty. The British government has confirmed it in writing, in accordance with its own rules.
“Finally, two days ago, Wikileaks, Mr Assange’s allied organisation, threatened the government of Ecuador. My government has nothing to fear and does not act under threats. Ecuador is guided by the principles of law, complies with international law and protects the interests of Ecuadorians.”