QUITO (Reuters) – The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of extra safety assigned to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the place WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has remained for nearly six years.
The Australian took refuge within the small diplomatic headquarters in 2012 to keep away from sexual abuse expenses in Sweden. He rejects the costs and prosecutors have deserted their investigation.
Nevertheless, British authorities are nonetheless in search of his arrest.
“The President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, has ordered that any extra safety on the Ecuadorian embassy in London be withdrawn instantly,” the federal government mentioned in an announcement. “
Any further, it’ll preserve regular safety much like that of different Ecuadorian embassies,” the assertion mentioned.
Ecuador suspended Assange’s communication methods in March after his pointed political feedback on Twitter.
Moreno has described Assange’s state of affairs as “a stone in his shoe.”
Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in QuitoWriting by Girish GuptaEditing by Paul Tait