Ecuador President: Assange's Bad Hygiene a Big Issue

President Lenín Moreno says he tried to use embassy as 'center for spying'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2019 8:05 AM CDT
Updated Apr 15, 2019 11:57 AM CDT
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Police bundle WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy into a police van in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019.   (@DailyDOOH via AP)

(Newser) – Julian Assange was a bad guest who attempted to turn Ecuador's embassy in London into a "center for spying." So charges Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno in an interview with the Guardian, elaborating on comments he made roughly a week before Assange's arrest. In early April, Moreno complained in an interview that "photos of my bedroom, what I eat and how my wife and daughters and friends dance" had been shared online, and while he didn't finger Assange, his government thought WikiLeaks was behind the leak. In his new comments, Moreno said, "We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a center for spying," a line the Guardian sees as a reference to the leaked photos. "This activity violates asylum conditions." More standout lines:

  • "It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states." The BBC notes Moreno became president in 2017; Assange entered the embassy in 2012.

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