Posted On 11 May 2017
Ecuadorian President-elect Lenin Moreno spoke again about the situation of Julian Assange. In an interview with the Peruvian media Andina, he ratified the stay of the Wikileaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. “We will maintain his status as a political refugee, under the condition he is not allowed to participate in the politics of our country or neighboring countries,” said Moreno.
The morning of Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Andean Agency uploaded the publication to its web site. Despite this demonstration of support from Moreno to the Australian activist, conditions have been set. The President-elect of Ecuador recalled that Assange intervened in the past elections. On May 9th, Moreno returned from an international tour in which he met with the leaders of Colombia and Peru. “I cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days (with or without his tax haven millions) #AssangeYESLassoNO,” the Australian wrote on his Twitter account, following the runoff held on April 2nd.
Assange set the same deadline Lasso would give to the WikiLeaks founder to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London if he won the presidency. Assange is a political refugee since 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden for alleged sexual offenses, a charge he denies.
There is a likelihood that the United States will also request his extradition for recent leaks posted on his Internet portal. After criticism, especially from the bowels of the Creo party, whose top leader is Lasso, Assange sent another message on April 3rd, clarifying that his previous publication was a joke. “To avoid misunderstandings, it was a joke I played to Mr. Lasso. Everything is forgotten and I wish you the best in taking Ecuador forward.”