Ecuador about to boot out Julian Assange - reports

  • 22/07/2018
Julian Assange
Julian Assange. Photo credit: Getty

Julian Assange is expected to be turfed out of the South American country's embassy in London in the coming days or weeks.

Mr Assange, founder of whistleblower site WikiLeaks, has been holed in up in the embassy since 2012. Initially it was to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questioning over rape allegations. That investigation has since been dropped, but Mr Assange has remained in the embassy because he fears extradition to the US over WikiLeaks' leaking of classified documents.

UK and Russian media say sources have told them Mr Assange will be handed over to British authorities very soon.

The Intercept reports Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno was recently in London to finalise the handover. Mr Assange's internet access was reportedly cut off four months ago.

Mr Moreno has in the past called Mr Assange a "stone in the shoe" and an "inherited problem" he wanted sorted out.