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Assange used embassy for 'spying', says Ecuador president

Assange used embassy for 'spying', says Ecuador president

He told The Guardian: "We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying".

Belmarsh has frequently been used in high-profile national security cases, including that of former Finsbury Park Mosque hate preacher Abu Hamza, who now resides in a United States "supermax" prison following extradition.

Assange, 47, was taken from Ecuador's London embassy by British police last Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum, ending a stay of nearly seven years.

"This activity violates asylum conditions".

The Australian had spent seven years at the embassy fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sexual assault allegations made against him.

An image tweeted by WikiLeaks on May 9, 2016, shows founder Julian Assange holding a kitten given to him by his children to keep him company where he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

"Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on global law", he said.

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"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states", Lenin Moreno told The Guardian newspaper on Sunday.

"We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up", Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims.

Pressed over the veracity of the allegations, Ms Robinson said: "That's not true".

Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno had previously chastised Assange for skateboarding indoors, urging him to change some of his behaviour inside the embassy, including spending more time cleaning up after his pet cat.

Moreno's move against Assange has proved controversial in Ecuador.

Assange is expected to fight extradition to the U.S. over an allegation he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer. Assange is being held at Belmarsh Prison in London and is now expected to fight extradition to the USA over an allegation that he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer. More than 70 British legislators have urged Javid to give priority to a case involving rape allegations ahead of the USA request.

Assange, who appeared much older when he emerged from the embassy than when he sought refuge there in August 2012, has denied the Swedish rape allegation, asserting the sex was consensual.