Julian Assange, Who Exposed War Crimes, Exposed Riding Skateboard In Embassy

John Shipton

On Sunday, however, a lawyer representing Assange alleged that Ecuador's government was spreading lies about his behavior.

Meanwhile, as journalists and commentators joke about his plight, Assange is languishing in the UK's notorious maximum Belmarsh Prison where he awaits a U.S. extradition hearing for the crime of committing real journalism. Assange had been confined to the embassy building for the past seven years, having violated his bail conditions in order to demand asylum over fears he could be extradited to Sweden following allegations of sexual assault.

President Moreno has since accused Assange of trying to create a "centre for spying: at the embassy and using the facilities to "interfere in processes of other states".

Or perhaps it was the leaked pictures of Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno eating lobster in a fancy hotel room bed that finally did it. WikiLeaks denies having anything to do with the leak, but they are indeed the kind of photographs that might anger a corruption scandal-plagued president who imposed austerity measures on his citizens while apparently living the high life himself; just the kind of man journalists ought to be cherrily assisting in the shameless smearing of a whistleblower who is desperately fighting for his freedom.

Julian Assange "hit" staff at the Ecuadorean embassy during his seven-year stay after he was granted asylum, The Times has learnt.

Julian Assange, dressed in a vest and shorts, skateboards around his bedroom in the Ecuadorian embassy.

She also said Assange's fears of a USA extradition threat were proved correct this week after allegations were made that he conspired to hack into a classified Pentagon computer.

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An image tweeted by WikiLeaks on May 9, 2016, shows founder Julian Assange holding a kitten given to him by his children to keep him company where he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

"Julian Assange is somebody who has done a lot to shine a light on real abuses of state power and the war crimes that we saw in Iraq, so it's really key, I think, to ensure that we give the public the information so that we can hopefully ensure that politicians, at least in this country, don't ever take us into an illegal war again as we saw in Iraq in 2003", Williamson said.

U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid would be expected to have the final say in which extradition claim takes priority, if Sweden does file a new one.

More than 70 MPs have also urged the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

If Stockholm makes a formal extradition request, the British government will have to decide whether to consider it before or after that of the United States.

He took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 and had been "in hiding" there until last week when he was forced to leave by the United Kingdom police.

His next court appearance is May 2 via video link.

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