Assange lawyer condemns ‘outrageous’ Ecuador claims

Julian Assange’s lawyer has accused Ecuador of making “outrageous allegations” to justify allowing police to arrest the WikiLeaks founder in its embassy.

Assange spent almost seven years in the nation’s London embassy where he sought asylum, until he was dragged out by police in dramatic scenes on Thursday.

The South American nation’s interior minister, Maria Paula Romo, described staff tolerating poor behaviour from the 47-year-old, including him “putting faeces on the walls”.

Julian Assange outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Julian Assange outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Victoria Jones/PA)

But his lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, disputed the allegations when she appeared on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

“I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy,” she said.

Pressed over the veracity of the allegations, Ms Robinson said: “That’s not true.”

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

“The politics of the case with respect with Ecuador’s change of government with Lenin Moreno coming to power and ever since then inside the embassy it’s become more and more difficult to the point where Human Rights Watch said was akin to solitary confinement,” she said.

“So he’s had a very difficult time – it’s not been easy.

“And to suggest that someone would chose to remain in there without legitimate concerns about US extradition, which is exactly what was proven this week, I think people can’t really understand what it would be like to live in a room like that for a very long time.”

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