The government of Ecuador originally took in Julian Assange when the country was run by Rafael Correa, who was a very anti-American president. Since then, Correa has been replaced by Lenin Moreno. Moreno has turned out to be good for Ecuador, as he is trying to slowly unravel Correa’s socialist system and repair relations with the United States, as well as attract more foreign investment into the country.
As part of restoring relations with the the US, though, he wants Julian Assange out of the relative safety of the Ecuadorian embassy in London:
Julian Assange’s nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.
While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is “unusually bad” and that he could leave the embassy “any day now,” either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is “in jeopardy,” one source familiar with the matter said.
Assange’s exit from the embassy could open a new phase for US investigators eager to find out what he knows.
Assange and his lawyers say he has been detained without charge for 2,720 days — 53 of those “gagged” and isolated from visitors and outside communications — and that there is “not a shred of evidence that Assange has done anything but publish material just as the establishment media do every day,” according to a tweet by his lawyers on May 19.
“The concern from day one until the present is that if Julian Assange walks out of the Embassy, he will be extradited to face what the executive director of the ACLU described as an ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ prosecution under the US Espionage Act,” his lawyer Melinda Taylor told CNN.