Assange used Ecuador's embassy for 'spying'- Ecuador


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USA prosecutors have unsealed an affidavit against Julian Assange that outlines their case against the WikiLeaks co-founder on a single count of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion" that may or may not have succeeded.

As well as overturning Assange's asylum status, Ecuador stripped him of the nationality he was given in 2017 under the government of Moreno's predecessor Rafael Correa.

Lenin Moreno also said that no other country had an influence over the decision to revoke the WikiLeaks founder's asylum, which the leader claimed followed repeated violations by Assange.

Assange is being held in custody at Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, awaiting sentencing in Britain for skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden as part of an investigation of a rape allegation.

Moreno and other Ecuadorian officials accused Assange of interfering in the affairs of other states while at the embassy, abusing staffers and not taking care of his room and belongings. Sweden is considering reviving the investigation.

Secret visitors' logs seen by the Guardian show that Bini was one of Assange's many visitors in Ecuador's embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.

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Earlier Sunday, Assange's lawyer said his client would cooperate with Swedish authorities if they reopen a rape case against him but would continue to resist any bid to extradite him to the United States. More than 70 British legislators have urged Javid to give priority to a case involving rape allegations ahead of the U.S. request.

His relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accusing him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life.

He would not be expected to enter a plea to the Department of Justice case unless he loses his extradition case and is brought to a courtroom in the US.

Ecuador grew exhausted of Assange's antics and his continued work with Wikileaks from inside the embassy, opting to bounce him last Thursday.

In the affidavit submitted to federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, prosecutors said USA military reports from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq included information about the "identity and significance of local supporters of US and allied forces in Afghanistan".

The conspiracy charge against Assange seems meant to sidestep limits on prosecution potentially arising from the US Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of press freedom.

His next court appearance is May 2 via video link.