Julian Assange undergoes medical tests at Ecuador’s request as part of new rules to stay at London embassy
- The WikiLeaks founder has undergone a series of medical exams inside embassy
- He was put through tests by doctors he ‘trusted’ top attorney in Ecuador said
- Assange has been ordered to have routine medical tests if he wants to stay
- Other rules state he must pay medical and phone bills and clean up after his cat
Julian Assange has undergone a series of medical exams as part of a new set of rules he has to follow to claim asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The WikiLeaks founder was put through tests by doctors he ‘trusted’ out of respect for his privacy, the country’s top attorney said.
Assange has been in London’s Ecuador embassy since 2012, fearing extradition to the United States if he leaves.
But his relationship with the country has grown increasingly tense in recent weeks, with President Lenin Moreno saying he does not like his presence in the embassy.
Ecuador’s president says the UK has provided sufficient guarantees for Julian Assange (pictured) to leave his government’s embassy in London
The government in October imposed new rules requiring him to receive routine medical exams, following concerns he was not getting the medical attention he needed.
The rules also ordered Assange to pay his medical and phone bills and clean up after his pet cat.
Yesterday, Assange appeared via video conference in an Ecuadorian court to appeal a previous ruling that had upheld the new rules.
Assange is concerned that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and extradite him to the United States, but Ecuador has said the Britain told it he would not be extradited.
Assange’s relationship with the country has grown increasingly tense in recent weeks, with President Lenin Moreno (pictured) saying he does not like his presence in the embassy
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U.S officials have acknowledged that federal prosecutors have been conducting a lengthy criminal probe into Assange and Wikileaks.
Wikileaks published U.S diplomatic and military secrets when Assange ran the operation.
A lawyer for Assange said he did not know the results of the medical tests, and called on Ecuador to produce documentation proving that the UK would not extradite him to any country where his life was at risk.
His lawyer Carlos Poveda, said: ‘We insist that they show us the letter from the United Kingdom.
‘The protocol is meant to set the rules of his living situation, but it seems more like a penitentiary regime.’
Assange initially took asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
That investigation was later dropped.
Britain says he will be arrested for skipping bail if he leaves the embassy, but that his jail time will not exceed six months.
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