Wikileaks founder Assange launches legal action against Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sues Ecuador for 'violating his rights'

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 in an effort to avoid being extradited to the United States over the publication of thousands of classified United States diplomatic cables.

The WikiLeaks founder has launched a lawsuit against the government of Ecuador for violating his fundamental rights and freedom.

Wikileaks said the country's government had threatened to remove the protection Mr Assange has had since being granted political asylum.

Assange has not had access to the internet since it was cut off in March, Garzon added, despite a WikiLeaks statement this week that it had been restored.

Ecuador in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russian Federation but rescinded it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity, according to an Ecuadorean government document seen by Reuters.

The accusations against Ecuador came after a document was leaked earlier this week revealing a new set of house rules Assange must adhere to in London from December 1.

These measures include installing three signal inhibitors in the embassy to prevent telephone calls and access to the Internet and also censoring journalists who seek to interview Assange. "The protocol is in line with worldwide standards and Ecuadorean law", he told reporters.

It said Ecuador's government had refused to allow a visit by Human Rights Watch's general counsel Dinah PoKempner and stopped several meetings with Assange's lawyers.

WikiLeaks said that U.S. congressmen had written an open letter to Ecuador President Lenin Moreno stating that in order to advance "crucial matters. from economic co-operation to counternarcotics assistance, to the possible return of a USAID mission to Ecuador, we must first resolve a significant challenge created by your predecessor, Rafael Correa - the status of Julian Assange".

Assange's lawyers are also challenging the legality of the Ecuadorean government's "special protocol" which they say makes the founder of Wikileaks' political asylum contingent upon his censorship. Though the case has been dropped Assange fears USA extradition due to his work with Wikileaks and has continued to remain in the embassy.

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