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Katrine Marçal: Ecuador has not always looked kindly on Assange's presence

It was in June 2012 that Wikileaksgrundaren arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy disguised as motorcykelkurir. He sought asylum, it was granted and since then he h

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Katrine Marçal: Ecuador has not always looked kindly on Assange's presence

It was in June 2012 that Wikileaksgrundaren arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy disguised as motorcykelkurir. He sought asylum, it was granted and since then he has not set foot outside the building.

Until today.

In October last year left his cat house, according to Italian media. Julian Assange wanted to reportedly ”give it a more healthy life”. The ecuadorian embassy had then introduced new rules for its långvarige guest. Assange would, among other things, begin to clean up after his cat was there, showering more often and stop skateboarding indoors.

It damaged the floors.

in its own little nook and a couple of rooms that he shared with the embassy staff. Ecuador has not always looked kindly on his presence.

It became an issue in the country's recent presidential elections.

But to the embassy at number 3 Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge, they have famous guests come and gone. The old Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is often seen drinking tea with Julian Assange almost every time she is in London. She calls Julian Assange for one of his ”most important teacher”. The british fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has been seen to just like the british vänsterjournalisten John Pilger. Film director Ken Loach donated for a number of years ago a treadmill to Julian Assange, so that he would be able to keep in shape. And on this treadmill has, among other things fotbollslegendaren Eric Cantona has been and trained.

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But in recent years has also a different type of guests visited Julian Assange. That Nigel Farage, former leader of the xenophobic party, UKIP. Or, Nikolay Bogachikhin Londonchef for the Russian propagandakanalen Russia Today.

the left's hero. The organization Wikileaks, which he founded in 2006 became world famous when the 2010 released images of american soldiers brutally shot civilians from a helicopter in Iraq. It was a world first and many hailed Julian Assange as a hero. He and Wikileaks seemed to stand for a new world of transparency, where companies and governments would no longer be able to bring the mass behind the light. Six years later, however, it was Donald Trump who happily proclaimed ”I love Wikileaks”.

What had happened?

Julian Assange sought political asylum here at the embassy in London after he had been internationally wanted by Sweden. Wikileaksgrundaren was suspected of rape and sexual molestation during a Visit to sweden in 2010. Ecuador granted him political asylum because the country's then foreign minister, said that Julian Assange was likely to be extradited to the united states. Where the risk of the he ”political persecution and an unfair trial”, it was because of the secret documents Wikileaks had published.

våldtäktsutredningen against Julian Assange, however, the possible breach is not, however, the statute of limitations until the next year.

It was in 2011 that Julian Assange began to seriously be questioned by the same international media that previously worked with the organization. Wikileaks published in 2011 a large number of documents without trying to protect the sources. Visselblåsares life was suddenly in danger and the leak was condemned in a joint statement by The Guardian, The New York Times, El País, Der Spiegel and Le Monde. They wrote: ”Our previous relationship with Wikileaks has been under the condition that only documents that have gone through a common redigeringsprocess to be published”.

Then came the us presidential elections in 2016.

the number of e-mails stolen from the accounts of the Democratic National Committee, the democratic party leadership. They were released at the sensitive times, the damaged state, Hillary Clinton, and favoured the Donald Trump. According to the CIA received the Wikileaks e-mails from the GRU, Russia's intelligence service. Donald Trumps kampanjchef Paul Manafort, now sentenced to prison, and visited, according to The Guardian Julian Assange in London on several occasions. When the former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, also a friend of Donald Trump, met Julian Assange at the embassy in march 2017, he replied that he ”could remember” what he had done inside.

All of this has made many of Julian Assange's old friends suspicious. The Wikileaks founder himself, however, continue to portray himself as the same frihetshjälte as he always has been.

And now he has had to tread the London streets again.

After nearly seven years indoors.

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