Assange used Ecuador's embassy for 'spying', says president

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno Credit PABLO COZZAGLIO

Last week's shock arrest and imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London is unacceptable given his previous work in helping to uncover war crimes in Iraq and raising the public awareness about the terrible consequences of the abuse of power, United Kingdom lawmaker from the Labour Party Chris Williamson told Sputnik.

Assange spent nearly seven years in the nation's London embassy where he sought asylum, until he was dragged out by police in dramatic scenes on Thursday.

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno accused him of abusing his country's goodwill, mistreating embassy staff and using his perch to try to interfere in the political affairs of other countries.

He added: "We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying". "Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on worldwide law".

Last week Julian Assange was pulled kicking and screaming out of the Ecuadorian embassy.

The president also made references to Assange's apparently poor hygiene following allegations made by interior minister, Maria Paula Romo, which included Assange "putting faeces on the walls".

Jennifer Robinson told Sky News on Sunday that Ecuador is making "pretty outrageous allegations" to justify allowing British police into its embassy on Thursday in order to take Assange into custody.

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.

Assange is now in custody in London while Swedish officials weigh up whether to reopen an investigation into rape allegations against him.

Assange is now expected to fight extradition to the U.S. over an allegation that he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

Dubbed "Collateral Murder", the footage prompted worldwide concern over the conduct of USA forces stationed in the Middle East, something supporters of WikiLeaks argue remains behind Washington's renewed drive to extradite Assange to face charges in the United States.

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