Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates court on 11 April
The president of Ecuador has revealed why Julian Assange had his asylum revoked last week from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and it's not a very nice reason.
President Lenin Moreno hit out at Assange's behaviour and treatment of staff during his time at the Ecuadorian embassy, where the Wikileaks founder has been granted asylum since he was arrested on April 11, 2012.
There had been speculation that the reason the embassy had revoked Assange's asylum was due to Wikileaks' interference in a elections, however, in an interview with the BBC, president Lenin Moreno revealed a different reason.
When he was asked why Assange's asylum had been revoked, Moreno said:
Several, from verbal insults against Ecuador, when he referred to our country as a completely insignificant country on one hand, and on the other, excuse me that I have to say this here, but even smearing his faeces on our embassy’s walls.
I think this is sufficient reason to revoke and terminate his asylum.
But Ecuador, like this government, has been excessively tolerant and has been able to make sure that his human rights will be protected before revoking his asylum.
Moreno also claimed that Assange had acted in a 'despotic' manner, by attacking guards, installing cameras, and hacking the president's phone. He also claimed that Assange had violated the terms of his asylum by interfering in the politics of other countries:
He is an informational terrorist. He does not give out the information he has, he selects them conveniently according to his ideological commitments.
Furthermore, I repeat, he violated the norms of being an asylee, which is not intervening in country’s politics, especially friendly countries.
Mr Assange had sought refuge in the embassy while on bail awaiting extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault and rape, both of which he denies.
According to the BBC, in response to the claims, Assange's lawyer has accused Ecuador of:
The left-wing president Lenin Moreno came under criticism recently, when an embarrassing photograph of him eating a lobster while lounging in bed was circulated during a time that the government enforces austerity.