Julian Assange’s seven-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy appeared on the verge of ending this morning after WikiLeaks reported the country had agreed to hand him over to police.
BTW: You whomever rewrote my post if you want the URL to automatically unfURL you need to leave a blank line after it and make sure it is entered in plain text or include unfurl="true" in the URL tag.Julian Assange is to be 'kicked out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London within hours and arrested' claim Wikileaks.
Wikileaks made the claim about its founder in a tweet last night and quoted a high-level Ecuadorean government source.
It also said that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him.
Julian Assange, pictured on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London is to be 'kicked out' according to Wikileaks, the group he founded. Assange has been in the embassy since 2012 after Swedish authorities announced they wished to interview in connection with a rape allegation
Wikileaks made the claim about its founder in a tweet and quoted a high-level Ecuadorean government source
Following the announcement calls were made on Twitter to fill the streets outside the building to protect Mr Assange. As of 2am protesters were seen setting up orange tents outside the embassy
Ecuadorean newspaper, El Comercio said in a Tweet that the country's government remained tight-lipped about Assange's possible expulsion. A police car is seen parked outside the Ecuadorean embassy
Mr Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
In the tweet it said: 'A high level source within the Ecuadorean state has told that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.'
Around 2am today WikiLeaks replied to its original tweet to say that it 'has secondary confirmation from another high-level source within the Equadorean state' that Assange is to be booted out of the embassy.
Following the announcement calls were made on Twitter to fill the streets outside the building to protect Assange.
As of 2am protesters were seen setting up orange tents on the pavement outside the embassy. A police car is also parked outside the building.
Ecuadorean newspaper, El Comercio said in a Tweet that the country's government remained tight-lipped about Assange's possible expulsion.
It said: 'The Ecuadorian Chancellery says that it does not answer rumors, after Wikileaks publication on alleged expulsion of Julian Assange from the Embassy in London. Quito has demanded compliance with a protoco'.
Expulsion from the embassy would put Mr Assange at risk of extradition to the United States.
Mr Assange has long maintained the he faces charges under seal in the US for revealing highly sensitive government information on his website.
The news of his possible imminent expulsion from the embassy comes after Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Tuesday that Assange has 'repeatedly violated' the terms of his asylum in the Andean nation's London embassy.
Moreno told Ecuadorean broadcasters that 'Assange cannot lie or, much less, hack into private accounts or private phones' under the terms of his asylum.
The president said that photos of his bedroom, what he eats and how his wife and friends dance had been shared on social media.
But he did not accuse WikiLeaks of circulating hacked photos of his family and wiretapping his phone calls and private conversation.
The president said: 'We should ensure Mr Assange's life is not at risk but he's violated the agreement we have with him so many times'.
But the Ecuadorean government has previously said it believes WikiLeaks of sharing the photos, some of which show photos which date back several years to when Moreno and his family live in Geneva.
Moreno said the terms restrict him from 'intervening in the politics of countries, or worse friendly countries'.
The Ecuadorean government has directly referred to WikiLeaks in a complaint to a special rapporteur for the right to privacy.
Following the announcement calls were made on Twitter to fill the streets outside the building to protect Assange
On Tuesday WikiLeaks tweeted that Moreno would take a decision about Mr Assange's fate 'in the short term' after it reported on an 'offshore corruption scandal wracking his government'.
The sexual assault probe in to Mr Assange was later dropped, but he fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.
Mr Assange denied their claims but refused to travel to Sweden to face them.
He said travelling to the country was part of a ruse to extradite him to the US due to his involvement in the leaking of a huge amount of classified documents in 2010.
He says Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and is putting pressure on him by isolating him from visitors and spying on him.
Ecuador has said its treatment of Mr Assange was in line with international law, but that his situation 'cannot be extended indefinitely.'
In February Assange was issued with a new Australian passport clearing the way for him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy.