Video has been released showing some of the bizarre behavior exhibited by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he lived for the last seven years, before being ousted and subsequently arrested by British authorities last week.
Footage filmed inside Assange’s 330-square-foot apartment, obtained by Spanish newspaper El Pais, shows Assange attempting to skateboard around the room to pass the time, and also shows him getting into an argument with a security guard who objected to a meeting he was trying to hold there.
Ecuadorian officials accused Assange of everything ranging from the bizarre to criminal during his time at the Embassy, where he was staying to avoid being extradited to Sweden on sexual assault charges which were eventually dropped.
In the new video, Assange can be seen in an argument with a man who appears to be a security guard who is instructing the WikiLeaks founder’s guests to leave the Embassy. Assange begins recording the conversation with a camera, and the man attempts to swipe it out of his hand. Eventually, all of the guests leave.
Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, said that Assange was using the Embassy in London as a “center for spying” during his time there. The president also alleged the 47-year-old’s treatment of the Embassy’s staff was “absolutely reprehensible and outrageous,” The Guardian reports.
Moreno added that Assange “maintained constant improper hygienic behavior throughout his stay,” which seems to corroborate claims made by Ecuadorian politician Maria Paula Romo, who said that Assange was “allowed to do things like put feces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviors of that nature.”
Officials also alleged that Assange kept his bathroom in such a shocking condition that guards took photos and complained. They also reportedly complained about Assange failing to take proper care of his cat.
Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum on Thursday and he was promptly dragged out of the Embassy by British police and arrested for violating his bail conditions, for which he could face up to a year in jail.
He also faces possible extradition to the United States after it was announced on Thursday that the government is charging Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion amid claims that he worked with Chelsea Manning to hack Department of Defense computers, leading to what the DOJ has called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”
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