Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and an online editor, will be able to continue living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, provided he stops posting political commentary tweets on Twitter.
According to the Guardian, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno said this week that Assange's current asylum status is not in jeopardy as long as it complies with the conditions set by the Ecuadorian government. One of these conditions is the restriction of comments on political events that take place in other countries. The government is ready to "make decisions" if Assange does not follow the terms.
"Let us not forget that asylum conditions prevent him from talking about politics or interfering in the politics of other countries," Lenín Moreno told Deutsche Welle in an interview on Wednesday.
Ecuador has already taken steps to cut off Assange's line of communication with the outside world by shutting down its internet connection. The reasons;
According to the embassy, Assange was interfering in Ecuador's relations with other countries by tweeting about political events. Ecuador cut off Assange's internet connection during the 2016 US presidential election, and earlier this year Assange again angered the Ecuadorian government by openly supporting Catalan independence in Spain.
The current president of Ecuador is not particularly excited about Assange's continued presence at the country's embassy. Earlier this year, Moreno called Assange "more than annoying"And said it was a"inherited problem”From the previous administration.
Ecuador's new government is trying to oust Assange from the embassy. Earlier this year, the government granted him citizenship in the hope that he would be able to obtain diplomatic immunity, which would help him leave the building without being arrested by British authorities for the two sexual assault charges he faces in Sweden. The plan failed and Assange is still wandering inside the embassy walls.
According to the Guardian, Ecuador has allocated a lot of money to protect Assange. Over the past five years, the government has spent more than $ 5 million protecting it. Expenses include the payment of a security company and secret agents to monitor Assange visitors, as well as to keep records of embassy staff and British services.
Assange has also reportedly aligned himself with marginalized groups and personalities in recent years, including the leader of the UK Independence Party and xenophobic Nigel Farage, members of Donald Trump's campaign, representatives of European nationalist groups and individuals affiliated with the United Nations.
The Ecuadorian president insists his country is not under pressure from the United States or other countries that may have an interest in silencing Assange. Just like Reported at Deutsche Welle Assange: "exceeded the limits of freedom of expression".