In December, Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship, but the UK indicated it would not recognize his diplomatic status if requested by the Latin American nation, denying Assange the diplomatic immunity that would’ve allowed him to leave.
The UN, meanwhile, has twice ruled that Assange’s detention is unlawful. Despite this, the judge in his most recent appeal – Emma Arbuthnot, who said “I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years.”
Judge Arbuthnot’s impartiality in the Assange matter has been called into question, while her husband and ex-Conservative MP, Baron James Arbuthnot, is listed as the director of a security company along with the former head of MI6. Not exactly friends of WikiLeaks.
Meanwhile, Ecuador’s new president, Lenín Moreno, recently pulled funding for security and surveillance countermeasures – and in January called Assange an “inherited problem” that has created “more than a nuisance” for his government. Assange has had his internet access cut in March, and has since lost telephone and visitor privileges aside from his attorneys.
In addition to pressure from the U.S. and U.K., Spain is said to have been exerting pressure on Ecuador after Assange’s support for the separatist independence movements in Catalonia in northeast Spain.
And in an April article from Disobedient Media, it appears as though a U.S. military deal with Ecuador may be behind recent talk of pushing Assange out of the embassy. "The news of Ecuador’s decision is not only disastrous for WikiLeaks’ Editor-In-Chief, but also to those concerned that an increased US military presence in Ecuador will lead to an uptick in violence there.”
Ecuador elected a new President who is working with the U.S. military-banking complex in order to shore up their debt, beef up their military and ostensibly in exchange, may be handing Assange over to the West within days.