Wikileaks 'LIED': Assange NOT being expelled, Ecuador says

Wikileaks 'LIED': Assange NOT being expelled, Ecuador says

Wikileaks 'LIED': Assange NOT being expelled, Ecuador says

"A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext - and that it already has an agreement with the United Kingdom for his arrest".

WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder "will be expelled within "hours to days" from Ecuador's London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested.

Supporters of WikiLeaks and Assange rapidly called for an increased presence at the Ecuadorian Embassy, located at Number 3, Hans Crescent in London.

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

Mr Moreno also suspected that Wikileaks was responsible for sharing private photos of him and his family on social media, and blames them for recent allegations of offshore corruption that appeared in local media outlets.

Assange has been holed up in the building since 2012, when he applied for asylum there to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

That probe was later dropped but Mr Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.

The Ecuadorian official said on Friday that no decision had been made to expel Mr Assange.

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Kristinn Hrafnsson, a spokesman for Wikileaks, said that Mr Assange would be forced to leave.

Assange hasn't left the embassy since August 2012, fearing if he steps off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

"It is not that he cannot speak freely, it is not that he cannot express himself freely, but he cannot lie, let alone hack into accounts or intercept private telephone calls" under the terms of his asylum agreement, Mr Moreno said.

Ecuador previous year introduced rules governing Assange's life in its London embassy.

It said President Moreno was attempting to cover up activities related to his use of an offshore tax haven created by his brother, known as the INA Papers.

Last month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is linked to the Organization of American States, rejected Assange's request that Ecuador ease the conditions it has imposed on his residence in the London embassy.

Mr Assange in turn sued, saying his rights as an Ecuadorian - he was granted citizenship previous year as part of an apparent attempt to name him a diplomat and ferry him to Russian Federation - were being violated.

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