London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

www.theregister.co.uk | 10/19/2018 | Staff
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Housemate from **** Julian Assange is taking his landlord, the government of Ecuador, to court to stop its officials from, allegedly, running roughshod over his human rights.

The WikiLeaks supremo is fed up with being essentially held in near-solitary confinement in an Ecuadorian embassy broom cupboard in London, England.

Assange - Asylum - Ecuador - Embassy - UK

In 2012, Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador and was allowed to stay in its embassy in the UK capital to avoid extradition to Sweden, which at the time was investigating allegations of sexual assault against him. The Australian was cuffed and bailed in the UK in 2010, after the Swedes got a European arrest warrant for him, and while facing deportation to Sweden, he legged it to the embassy.

Assange feared if he was transferred to Sweden, he would shortly be vanished into thin air by the CIA for publishing, among other material, 700,000-plus secret American diplomatic cables – which were slipped to WikiLeaks by US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Thus, he ducked into Ecuador's Knightsbridge pad.

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Sweden's prosecutors have since dropped their probe against Assange, although if he steps foot outside the flat, Brit cops will nab him for breaching his bail conditions – he wasn't cleared to live in the embassy, and was supposed to be staying with friends in the countryside. And, again, he fears if he's collared, he'll be on the next plane to a CIA black site.

Fast forward to 2018, and Assange is still in the embassy. At first, things were OK, given the circumstance. However, after a few fallings out, some scuffles and broken furniture, and trouble stirred up between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, embassy officials cut off his internet access, installed signal jammers to stop him using his cellphone, and placed restrictions on visitors.

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