Ecuador says Julian Assange smeared poo on embassy walls

Ecuador's government has accused Julian Assange of smearing poo on the walls of its London embassy during his time there.

Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo made the claim about the WikiLeaks founder's personal hygiene at a press conference after his asylum status was withdrawn and he was escorted from the building.

Romo said during the time former President Rafael Correa was in charge, "they tolerated things like Assange putting faeces on the embassy walls and other behaviours far from the minimum respect that a guest can have," Romo said, according to a CNN report.

The startling claim was one of many made by the Ecuadorian government after Assange was arrested by British police and found guilty of failing to surrender to the court.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno described Assange's behaviour in the embassy as "discourteous and aggressive" and said he violated the terms of his asylum by remaining involved in WikiLeaks' operations.

Moreno also claimed Assange installed "electronic and distortion equipment", accessed embassy computer systems without permission, blocked security cameras and mistreated guards during his time there.

Assange now faces US federal conspiracy charges and the UK will decide whether to extradite him in response to allegations he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases.

He faces up to five years in US prison if convicted on the charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.


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