According to declassified documents, Theresa May’s government allegedly paid for several trips to Ecuadorian politicians in the months before Julian Assange’s political asylum was terminated.
Was the April 2019 termination of political asylum granted by Ecuador to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange orchestrated behind the scenes by Theresa May’s government? This is suggested by declassified documents from the British Foreign Office obtained by the investigative media Declassified UK.
According to these documents, the head of government would have been advised in March 2018 by Alan Duncan, then minister and key man in the negotiations which led to the imprisonment of Julian Assange, to “pass the ointment” to President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno. The goal: for the latter to expel the whistleblower from his country’s embassy in the United Kingdom, where Assange had taken refuge since June 2012.
Official visits paid by the British government
The media outlet adds that as part of this lobbying campaign, the British government would have subsequently spent 20,000 pounds to finance several trips by Ecuadorian politicians to the United Kingdom, including Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin in November 2018.
The official “main objective” of this visit, according to the documents of the British ministry, would have been the “participation” of Jarrin in a simulation of the fight against terrorism, to observe the methods of reaction of the government. The Ecuadorian is also said to have met several military officials from the United Kingdom.
The fate of Julian Assange continues to cause concern among his relatives and press freedom advocates. Since Ecuador’s expulsion from his embassy in London, the Australian journalist has been held in Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom. Assange, 49, is being held pending British justice to examine the United States’ appeal against the refusal of his extradition pronounced on January 4 by a British judge. She had invoked the risk of suicide of the founder of WikiLeaks in the American prison system.
Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 while he was free on bail. He feared extradition to the United States or Sweden, where he was the subject of rape charges which have since been dropped. The United States accuses him of having endangered sources of American services, an accusation that he disputes.
The Australian, supported by a number of press freedom organizations, faces 175 years in prison in the United States for having disseminated, from 2010, more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities , especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.