Julian Assange Loses Lawsuit Against Ecuador
Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost a lawsuit against Ecuador over the alleged “violation of his fundamental rights”. Mr. Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, claims that the most recent round of demands made by President Lenín Moreno’s administration aim to “end his asylum” and “hand him over to the U.S”. The rules referred to by Mr. Assange determine that he must get clearance in advance to receive any visitors, and that those visitors must follow a set of security measures, such as providing the serial numbers of the electronic devices brought by them into the Embassy. The memo also says that Mr. Assange is not allowed to use the Embassy’s wireless internet connection, that he should from now on clean up after himself and his cat, pay his laundry, medical and food bills, and refrain from any political speech that could damage Ecuador’s relation with other countries. Ecuador claims that it can no longer afford to pay for Mr. Assange’s expenses due to budget cuts and that the measures are meant to seek “peaceful cohabitation”. The Ecuadorian judge, Karina Martinas, decided that the demands do not violate Assange’s rights because “authorities decide what is and isn’t allowed inside the building”.
THE NEW YORK TIMES. Julian Assange Says He’s Suing Ecuador for ‘Violating His Fundamental Rights’. THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 out. 2018. Disponível em: < https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/world/americas/julian-assange-ecuador-lawsuit.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FEcuador>. Acesso em 4 nov 2018.
INDEPENDENT. Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder loses legal fight against Ecuador and must now clean up after his cat. INDEPENDENT, 30 out. 2018. Disponível em: < https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julian-assange-news-wikileaks-ecuador-embassy-london-lawsuit-rules-cat-internet-a8608676.html>. Acesso em: 4 nov. 2018.