U.K. police outside Ecuador embassy amid WikiLeaks tweets

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A small group of protesters and supporters of Wikileaks' founder gathered on Thursday outside the embassy in London where Mr. Assange has been holed up since August 2012.

Moreno provided no evidence, but the speech reflected ongoing tension between Assange and his hosts at the embassy.

In an interview broadcast by several Ecuadoran radio stations, President Moreno said: "Assange has too often repeatedly violated the agreement we have with him and his legal team", without saying whether Ecuador would withdraw asylum.

But in December 2018, Moreno said the United Kingdom had assured him that, according to British law, Assange would not be extradited to a country where the Australian could face capital punishment-such as the USA -the Associated Press reported.

Assange has been a resident of the Embassy building for the past six years, claiming asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was facing accusations of sexual assault; claims he steadfastly denied.

"It is not that he cannot speak freely, it is not that he cannot express himself freely, but he cannot lie, let alone hack into accounts or intercept private telephone calls" under the terms of his asylum agreement, Mr Moreno said. It's possible he could also face charges in Britain for violating bail conditions, plus he could end up extradited to the US and charged for publishing sensitive government documents.

Mr Assange would be likely to be arrested if he was forced out of the embassy, as a Met Police arrest warrant is still in force.

The INA papers are a collection of documents leaked to an Ecuadorian lawmaker and which have implicated President Lenin Moreno in a corruption scandal.

In the erased statement, the Foreign Minister said that "rumours" about Assange leaving the embassy have existed for months. The Swedish chief prosecutor dropped proceedings against him in 2017 because going ahead and serving notice of charges would necessitate Assange's presence in court.

Last week, Anderson tweeted a picture of herself with Assange, saying she hasn't been able to visit him for a year.

Mr Assange has been living inside the embassy for nearly seven years.

While there has been no official confirmation, in November 2018, an administrative mix-up in the US justice department-that saw Assange's court filing apparently submitted in error-indicated that the WikiLeaks founder's suspicions may indeed be true.

But a judge rejected his request to loosen the new living requirements, and among other stipulations, Assange was warned that if he did not properly feed and take care of his cat, the animal could be sent to the pound.

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