Quito, Sep 16 (Sputnik) .- The president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, said he trusts that the United Kingdom will fulfill its commitment to guarantee the life of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
“Out of respect, for With respect to the life of Mr. Assange, we obtained a commitment from the Government of the United Kingdom that he would not be extradited to a country where his life was in danger. And we hope and we are sure that the United Kingdom will comply with this precept, at least guaranteeing the life of Mr. Assange, “Moreno said in a discussion with the Latin America Program, of the US political forum Wilson Center.
Moreno However, he criticized the Australian cyber activist, who he said “has done harm to European politics, US politics and Ecuadorian politics.”
The Ecuadorian president added that despite Assange's breaches of his As an asylee, his government respected his asylum, but no longer tolerated his continuous disrespect, his intervention in internal politics and that of other countries, and “the rudeness and aggressiveness of staining the walls of the Ecuadorian embassy with his feces.” .
“Maybe I foolishly didn't know it, (but) it was staining Ecuadorian territory with its feces, because that's an embassy”, Moreno said.
“Frankly, I no longer tolerated that (…) You are to the extreme of tolerance (…) and I asked that they remove him from there, “added the president.
The founder of WikiLeaks was arrested by the British Police in 2019, after Moreno withdrew his diplomatic asylum granted in 2012 by then-President Rafael Correa (2007-2017).
The Ecuadorian president added that Assange also did a lot of damage to the credibility of “a beloved country like the United States.”
At the moment, Assange faces a trial of extradition to the United States, on charges of conspiracy to gain access to government computers and publish, through WikiLeaks, thousands of leaked documents with information on the actions of the US military in the armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other confidential cables.
The hearing to decide whether Assange should be sent to the United States resumed on September 7 at the Central Criminal Court in London, after a six-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WikiLeaks founder has been locked up in the Belmarsh maximum security prison since his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April 2019.
The hearing is expected to last until minus three weeks, and the losing side is very likely to appeal the verdict. (Sputnik)