Ecuador throws out Wik­ileaks founder’s law­suit

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QUITO: Ecuador on Mon­day threw out the law­suit Wik­ileaks founder Ju­lian AS­SANGE iled CHARG­ING that Quito vi­o­lated his “fun­da­men­tal rights” and lim­ited his ac­cess to the out­side world while in asy­lum at its Lon­don em­bassy.

Mag­is­trate Karen Martinez ruled that the suit could not move for­ward, As iled By WIK­ILEAKS’ At­tor­ney, THE for­mer Span­ish judge Bal­tasar Gar­zon.

The 47-year-old Aus­tralian’s le­gal ac­tion had come with spec­u­la­tion mount­ing that Ecuador is pre­par­ing to end its stand­off with the Bri­tish government by ter­mi­nat­ing his high­proile stay.

Car­los Poveda, As­sange’s lawyer in Ecuador, ap­pealed the rul­ing. That means a higher court should re­view the case in com­ing days.

As­sange found refuge in the em­bassy in Lon­don in 2012 after a Bri­tish judge ruled he should be ex­tra­dited to Swe­den to face al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

That case has since been dropped. But As­sange fears be­ing ex­tra­dited to the United States to face charges over the Wik­ileaks web­site’s re­lease of troves of sen­si­tive US Government iles.

Quito Conirmed Block­ing As­sange’s in­ter­net and mobile phone ac­cess in March after ac­cus­ing him of break­ing “a writ­ten com­mit­ment” not to in­ter­fere in Ecuador’s for­eign poli­cies.

A pro­to­col gov­ern­ing As­sange’s stay at the em­bassy — re­vealed by Ecuado­ran in­ter­net site Codigo Vidrio and never de­nied by Quito — warns that fur­ther breaches will lead to “ter­mi­na­tion of asy­lum.”

Gar­zon told re­porters in Quito that As­sange was liv­ing in “an in­hu­man sit­u­a­tion, be­cause the solution that should al­ready have been reached by the in­volved states is be­ing dragged out longer and longer.”

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