Claims Julian Assange put faeces on the walls of the Ecuadorian embassy were lies, his lawyer says.
Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s lawyer, says Ecuador made ‘outrageous’ claims about Assange’s actions while inside the Knightsbridge embassy.
She said the claims were fabricated as a pretext to force him out.
Ms Robinson told
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Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s lawyer, says claims he smeared faeces on the walls of his apartment in the Knightsbridge embassy were lies used to force him out
‘Ecuador has made these allegations to justify the unlawful and extraordinary act of letting police come inside an embassy.’
Pushed over the veracity of the allegations, Ms Robinson said: ‘That’s not true’.
He went in to the embassy in 2012 to avoid ‘US injustice’ rather than Swedish justice, according to Ms Robinson.
The Wikileaks founder is facing charges in the US for ‘conspiracy to commit computer intrusion’ after he published sensitive government documents in 2010.
His lawyer claims he ‘has cooperated with the Swedish investigation’ in to allegations of rape and sexual misconduct.
She said: ‘This was and is not about avoiding facing Swedish justice. It is about avoiding US injustice. He has cooperated with the Swedish investigation.
‘Swedish prosecutors came into the embassy to hear his testimony. After that they closed the case.’
Assange lived in the embassy for more than seven years before his arrest on Thursday.
Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno accused the Australian of ‘discourteous and aggressive behaviour’ as he confirmed the south American country had withdrawn his asylum status.
Demonstrators protest outside the Ecuadorian consulate on June 20, 2012, when he entered the embassy
Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian president when Assange was granted asylum, branded Moreno a traitor.
But the country’s Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo hit back by claiming Correa had allowed the 47-year-old to get away with some unimaginable behaviour.
She said: ‘During his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy, during the government of the former president Rafael Correa, they tolerated things like Mr Assange putting faeces on the walls of the embassy and other types of behaviour of this kind that is far removed from the minimum respect a guest should have in a country which has generously welcomed him.’
She did not make it clear if he had used his own faeces or someone else’s.
Ms Robinson added: ‘I’ve been visiting him for the last seven years. This man has been inside a room with no outside access. Inside the embassy it’s become more difficult.
‘He stayed inside the embassy for so long because of a real and legitimate fear of US extradition which, as we saw on Thursday, proved to be justifiable fears.
‘People can’t understand what it would be live to live in a room like that for a very long amount of time. It has not been easy.
‘The politics of the case with respect with Ecuador’s change of government with Lenin Moreno coming to power and ever since then inside the embassy it’s become more and more difficult to the point where Human Rights Watch said was akin to solitary confinement.’
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