WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sues Ecuador for 'violating his rights'

Assange seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court injunction pressing Ecuador to provide basic rights he says the country agreed to when it first granted him asylum at its London embassy.

Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon said the demands regarding the cat are "denigrating".

Even in Julian Assange's proud history of alienating his allies, his latest move in the worldwide game of chess played from the relative safety of a backroom in London's Ecuadorean embassy for the past six years was unexpected.

"Ecuador refused to let Human Rights Watch General Counsel Dinah PoKempner, who likened Ecuador's isolation to "solitary confinement" see him as well several meetings with his lawyers".

Mr Garzon said Mr Valencia was named in the lawsuit because he served as the intermediary between Mr Assange and the Ecuadorean Government.

WikiLeaks said Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection Assange has had since being granted political asylum, and added that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off".


The Ecuadorian government partially lifted restrictions on Assange's internet access last weekend, but stipulated he would only be allowed to use the embassy wifi for his personal computer and phone.

Mr Assange's guests will also have to be previously approved by the embassy, and their private details, including social media usernames and serial numbers of phones and tablets, be revealed to the embassy.

Among them, there was the prohibition of using the internet to make political statements and the obligation for Mr Assange to clean his own bathroom.

Garzon told a press conference in Ecuador on Thursday that Assange was suing Ecuador Foreign Minister Jose Valencia over his "inhuman" living conditions at the embassy.

Assange found refuge in the embassy in 2012 after a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.

The website reported that the embassy intends to stop paying for Assange's food and medical care in December.

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