British police arrested Julian Assange just a day after Wikileaks claimed that they were being blackmailed by “dubious characters” who had obtained security camera footage of Assange inside Ecuador’s embassy in London. Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, reported that it has uncovered a major spying operation against Julian Assange inside the embassy of Ecuador in London, where the founder of the whistle-blowing website has been living since 2012.
Wikileaks has accused that Ecuador authorities of gathering thousands of photographs and gigabytes of video footage showing Assange meeting with lawyers and visitors and of him receiving a medical check-up, which then found their way into the hands of a group in Spain, who are demanding $3million (2.7 million euros) not to publish them. Hrafnsson has called the material gathering and spying by the Ecuadorian government illegal and extremely unethical.
The editor-in-chief has also accused embassy staff of photocopying a legal document belonging to Assange’s lawyer Aitor Martinez. They also believe that the United States is working with Ecuador to extradite Assange to face charges and that the embassy documents were ‘quite likely shared with the Trump administration’. The group, which rose to fame by publishing leaked US intelligence documents, said that very reliable sources had told them Ecuador was planning to kick Assange out of its London embassy, where he was granted refuge by previous president Rafael Correa in 2012. Though, Ecuador said they are reassessing Assange’s asylum claim, revocation of which would lead to his arrest by the British authorities for skipping bail. Seven years ago, he had sought refuge at Ecuador’s embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was charged with sexual assault that prosecutors in Stockholm have since abandoned. He is also trying to avoid extradition to the United States to face charges over his website publishing huge caches of the hacked state department and Pentagon files in 2010.
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