Ecuador was under pressure from the United States and the United Kingdom and may be ready to withdraw its asylum protection for Assange. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno who was elected president in May, has made it quite clear he isn’t too fond of his country’s role in protecting Assange, who he has descried as a “hacker,” a “stone in the shoe” for his administration, and an “inherited problem.” Lenin Moreno met with British officials in London Friday to finalize the agreement.
Assange has been inside Ecuador’s embassy since he fled Sweden after accusations of sexual assault and rape. Prosecutors in Sweden have since dropped the charges the possibility is that the United States would call on U.K. authorities to arrest and extradite him over the leaking of classified documents that were leaked by Chelsea Manning. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, wrote on Twitter that if Ecuador does evict Assange from the embassy “it’s essential the UK not become party to any US effort to prosecute him.” During the last three months, Assange has been blocked from accessing the Internet, with officials saying that he violated an agreement not to intervene in state affairs.