WikiLeaks founder Assange is unhappy with his placement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. A lawsuit against the rules that the government in Quito had imposed on him, but now failed.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange failed in an Ecuadorian court with a lawsuit against the conditions of his placement in the London embassy asylum. The Pichincha Court of Appeal dismissed the lawsuit, arguing that there were no apparent violations of Assange’s rights.
Assange has lived at the embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition. The government in office in Ecuador since May 2017 is increasingly critical of his stay at the embassy and has been trying to get him to leave for several months. Among other things, he was not allowed to receive visitors, make phone calls or use the Internet for months.
With the defeat in the appeal process, Assange’s legal options have now been exhausted, said his lawyer. "We lost," he stated.
Fear of detention and extradition
The Australian fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape allegations. Assange feared that Sweden could extradite him to the US, where he could face the death penalty for explosive revelations.
In 2010, the Internet platform WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of secret documents from the communication of US embassies, including about the actions of the US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Stockholm Public Prosecutor put the Swedish case on file in May 2017. But there is still a British arrest warrant because Assange is said to have violated legal requirements in 2010.
Criticism from the UN
A UN committee again criticized the allegations against Assange on Friday. They are relatively small compared to the loss of freedom that Assange suffered during his six-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy. They recalled that Assange had threatened a maximum of six months in prison. The UN experts appealed to the British authorities to allow Assange to leave the embassy without fear of arrest or extradition.
Only on Thursday two members of the Bundestag from the Left Party visited the Australian at the embassy. After months of "total isolation" on the embassy grounds, the 47-year-old had "weakened" but was "mentally strong", said MP Heike Hansel after the visit. In the one-hour conversation, he referred to the permanent pressure to lose his asylum status in the event of minimal violations of the strict protocol.