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Ecuador Tells Assange to Clean His Bathroom

He's also been ordered to avoid political activity
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2018 2:35 AM CDT
A cat, believed to be owned by Julian Assange looks out of a window at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Ecuador's embassy in London says Julian Assange can have his Internet access restored, but if he wants to carry on staying under their roof, he's going to have to behave himself—and do his chores. According to a nine-page Spanish-language memo leaked to a news outlet in Ecuador, Assange, who sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012, has been ordered to avoid political activity, especially "interfering in the internal affairs of other states," Deutsche Welle reports. He has also been told to keep his bathroom clean, and warned that if he doesn't take proper care of his pet cat, it will be confiscated and taken to an animal shelter.

Assange had his Internet privileges at the embassy cut off in March after violating an earlier agreement not to get involved in the affairs of other countries. The leaked memo tells Assange that he is only allowed to use his personal computer and phone to access the Internet, and any use of unauthorized equipment by Assange or his guests will be considered a "security breach and reported to the competent British authorities." Carlos Poveda, Assange's lawyer, complained Monday that the rules were too strict—and that Assange still hadn't had his Internet access restored. "It's virtually a prison regime," Poveda tells the Guardian. "This new regime goes against his basic human dignity." (Leaked documents show Assange tried to get a Russian visa in 2010.)

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