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WikiLeaks Post Says Julian Assange Will Soon Be Expelled from Ecuadorian Embassy, Arrested by British Police

Recent developments in London have caused Wikileaks to announce that their founder, Julian Assange, might be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy soon after almost seven years of living there in political asylum.

The website claimed on Thursday that a senior Ecuadorian official told them that Assange’s expulsion from their embassy is imminent. The Ecuadorian government also supposedly made an arrangement with the United Kingdom to hand Assange over to the police as soon as he’s released.

Even though there have been multiple reported instances in the past when Assange seemed on his way out of the embassy, it’s worth noting Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno recently suggested that Wikileaks might have something to do with private photos of him and his family being leaked online. Al Jazeera notes that Moreno accused Assange of violating the terms of his political asylum, and he also blamed Wikileaks for leaking INA papers to officials and exposing a possible offshore tax haven scandal.

Wikileaks has taken notice of this, and they’ve said Moreno seems to be setting this up as the pretext to act against Assange. They also say that British police are currently assembling outside the embassy.

A senior Ecuadorian official insists that the government has not made a decision on Assange yet, and Associated Press picked up on a statement from their foreign ministry saying they won’t comment on “rumors, theories or conjectures.”

Assange has lived at the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he has been accused of sexual assault. It’s possible he could also face charges in Britain for violating bail conditions, plus he could end up extradited to the U.S. and charged for publishing sensitive government documents.

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