After nearly six years of refuge in the Ecuador’s London embassy, WikiLeaks’ founder, investigative journalist Julian Assange, is on the verge of eviction “any day now.”
According to reports, Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, is under intense pressure from the U.S. and Spain to force Assange from its diplomatic residence.
Sources familiar with Assange’s tenuous condition at the embassy say his refuge is “in jeopardy” and he could be required to leave the embassy premises.
On May 18, the Ecuadorian government ordered the removal of additional security attached to the embassy, a presence specifically to monitor the Metropolitan Police, the media, and embassy staff at a monthly cost of $66,000.
As Assange awaits his fate, long-time Assange supporter, Randy Credico, a New York radio host, told The New York Daily News Assange is prepared to speak to U.S. lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“Julian Assange is at the center of all of this, yet no one has interviewed him. He’s waiting. He’s been waiting all along,” Credico said.
Credico repeated the offer on MSNBC, telling host Ari Melber Assange is willing to speak to California Democrat Adam Schiff and “clear the matter up.”
Responding to Credico’s offer on behalf of Assange, Schiff said he would speak to Assange when he is in the custody of U.S. law-enforcement officials.
Assange, 46, was granted asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in the U.K. in 2012 after Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant charging he had sexually assaulted two women during a 2010 visit.
Assange has denied the charges, dismissing them as politically motivated.
Although Swedish authorities have abandoned Assange’s extradition, the British government maintains a warrant for his arrest on charges Assange breached bail conditions.
[The Express] [BBC] [Tribune News Service via South China Morning Post] [RT] [Photo courtesy Getty Images via Daily Mail]