Rumor has it Ecuador is ready to get rid of the house guest that arrived on June 19, 2012 and never left – otherwise known as Julian Assange.
The purveyor of Wikileak leaks and election meddling, may not be living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for much longer.
Why is Ecuador’s foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa referring to this living arrangement all of a sudden as “unsustainable”? Why is the Minister seeking to involve another country to mediate with British authorities Assange’s exit – the country that has indicated it would deport Assange to Sweden or the U.S?
Ecuador has put up with a lot of Assange’s sins during his stay – sins that include publishing a treasure trove of Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Party emails to publishing confidential CIA documents. Somehow that was not ever enough for an eviction from the 540 square foot room he occupies in the Embassy.
What has changed?
The change is Ecuador President Lenin Moreno who succeeded the very left-leaning Rafael Correa – who was a big fan of Assange and his saber-rattling against the U.S. Moreno wants to be on friendlier terms with the U.S. and that means Assange has to go. When Moreno took office last May he warned Assange to behave and stay out of politics and not piss off Ecuador’s friends. Assange didn’t listen and went ahead and got involved in Catalan’s call for independence from Spain – Moreno was not happy.
Assange fled to the embassy claiming political asylum, but not for the sin of spilling other people’s secrets but rather for being a sexual predator and possible a rapist. Specifically, he was avoiding extradition to Sweden to face allegations of “sexual molestation, unlawful coercion and rape.”
Now he has to fear extradition also to U.S. for spilling its many secrets.
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