Ecuador Denies WikiLeaks Claim That It Plans To Expel Assange

Julian Assange. File photo dated 05/02/16 of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, as WikiLeaks has claimed that Ecuador cut his internet link following an in... Julian Assange. File photo dated 05/02/16 of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, as WikiLeaks has claimed that Ecuador cut his internet link following an intervention from US secretary of state John Kerry. Issue date: Tuesday October 18, 2016. The organisation disclosed yesterday that the link had been "intentionally severed", saying later that it was done by Ecuador. See PA story LEGAL Assange. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire URN:28947130 MORE LESS

The Ecuador Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Friday combatting WikiLeaks claims that the embassy in London intends to expel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and had already arranged for his arrest, according to NBC’s translation of the statement. 

The ministry said Assange has demonstrated “ingratitude and disrespect” toward Ecuador, despite the protection the Ecuadorian embassy has offered him since 2012.

“(We) have made significant expenditures to pay for his stay (and have) endured its rudeness,” the statement said of Assange and WikiLeaks, according to NBC.

WikiLeaks tweeted on Friday that Assange would be kicked out of the embassy “within ‘hours to days'” and claimed the country had made arrangements for the UK to put him under arrest.

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