Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said today that his government would continue granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but stated that perhaps the Australian is abusing that condition.
“We have asked him, cordially, to stop commenting on the politics of Ecuador or the policy of friendly countries, because his condition does not allow it,” Moreno said in an interview with CNN.
However, the president considered that perhaps “he is abusing that condition” but did not go into detail.
He recalled that Ecuador “granted Assange asylum for a fundamental reason because we believed that his life was in danger,” and said that his country is a country that “respects the right to life.”
Assange took refuge five years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London as a way to prevent his eventual extradition to Sweden, where he faced charges of alleged sexual offenses he denied, and then to the United States, where he feared being sentenced with the death penalty for having leaked classified information from that country. (I)