Ecuador’s president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy – AOL

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.

Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno’s personal life.

Moreno denied to the Guardian that he had acted as a reprisal for the way in which documents about his family had been leaked. He said he regretted that Assange had used the embassy to interfere in other country’s democracies.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Pamela Anderson seen at the Embassy of Ecuador to take a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange on January 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, ‘La Table du Marche by Pamela’. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 15: Pamela Anderson seen at the Ecuadorian Embassy visiting her friend Julian Assange on June 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit her friend Julian Assange on December 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit Julian Assange after attending Coco de Mer: Icons Collection – launch party at Albert’s on April 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 30: Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit her friend Julian Assange on March 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy after Nightly Show to visit Julian Assange on March 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Pamela Anderson seen at the Ecuadorian Embassy taking vegan cheeseburgers to Julian Assange on February 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 13: Pamela Anderson is seen at the Ecuadorian Embassy showing support for Julian Assange by bringing him a healthy vegan breakfast on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Pamela Anderson delivers lunch to Julian Assange at Embassy of Ecuador on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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“Any attempt to destabilize is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country,” Moreno told the Guardian by email.

“We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying,” the Guardian quoted Moreno as saying.

Supporters of Assange said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

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