'The Patience Of Ecuador Is Reached': Why Julian Assange Lost His Asylum
Julian Assange was rude, aggressive, and wouldn't stop interfering in the affairs of other states, according to Ecuador's president.
On Thursday night (AEST), British police arrested the WikiLeaks founder after entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange had sought asylum in the embassy since 2012, but the situation had become "unsustainable", said Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno.
In a video message posted to Twitter, Moreno laid out his reasons for withdrawing asylum, while maintaining that Ecuador had fulfilled its human rights obligations under international law.
They include Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behaviour" as well as his continuing involvement with WikiLeaks.
"The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behaviour," Moreno said.
Assange's involvement with WikiLeaks "violated, repeatedly, clear cut provisions of the conventions", Moreno said, particularly noting the leak of Vatican documents in January this year.
"He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states," Moreno said.
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He also claimed that Assange had behaved aggressively towards security staff, accessed security files in the embassy without permission, interfered with CCTV cameras, and publicly complained about his lack of WiFi.
The rules for daily life, Moreno stated, were "no less than anyone may expect from a guest hosted at his own house".
Moreno said he had confirmation in writing the United Kingdom would not deport Assange to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked Moreno and Ecuador for its cooperation.
"Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law," Hunt said.
"He has hidden from the truth for years."
However, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa -- who served from 2007 to 2017, and granted Assange asylum in the first place -- called Moreno "the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history".
WikiLeaks claims Ecuador has "illegally terminated" Assange's asylum, and is in violation of international law.
The United Nations has also repeatedly urged for British authorities to allow Assange to walk from the embassy freely.
Assange has been taken into custody at a central London police station, Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
He will be presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court "as soon as is possible".