Assange sues Ecuador over 'fundamental rights'

Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms".

The move comes in response to a new policy governing Assange's stay at the South American nation's London embassy.

Wikileaks confirmed that Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection it has provided Mr Assange since 2012, when he sought...

It said Ecuador's government had refused to allow a visit by Human Rights Watch's general counsel Dinah PoKempner and stopped several meetings with Assange's lawyers.

Newly released Ecuadorian government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway by naming him as a political counsellor to the country's embassy in Moscow.

In March, the Australian-born journalist saw his access to phone and internet took away from him after he challenged Theresa May's claim Russia was behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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.

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"Assange's lawyers are also challenging the legality of the government's "Special Protocol" reported in the news this week".

"Mention of the cat is degrading", Garzon said, adding that Assange is ill due to his prolonged confinement in the embassy.

The co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 out of fear that he would be arrested by United Kingdom authorities for a violation of bail terms and deported to the US.

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 previously faced charges of sexual assault in Sweden, though those were later dropped.

However, the journalist fears leaving the embassy would lead to his extradition to the US.

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