Julian Assange to take legal action against Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sues Ecuador for 'violating his rights'

"The move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world", the group said in a statement.

Julian Assange has launched a case against the Ecuadorian government for alleged "violation of fundamental rights", the latest episode in an escalating row between the Australian founder of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and his host government. It is due to be heard in a domestic court next week.

"The move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world, including by refusing to allow journalists and human rights organisations to see him, and installing three signal jammers in the embassy to prevent his phone calls and internet access", the WikiLeaks statement read. "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community".

Newly released Ecuadorian government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway by naming him as a political counsellor to the country's embassy in Moscow.

His internet and mobile phone access were partially restored on Sunday, according to both Wikileaks and Assange's legal adviser Greg Barns.

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It added that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off".

Ecuador feared Mr Assange could make more controversial statements that would have strained the country's relationship with the United Kingdom and the European Union. It also orders him to take proper care of his cat or risk having it handed to a shelter.

"Assange's lawyers are also challenging the legality of the government's "Special Protocol" reported in the news this week".

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". He always insisted he was willing to go to Sweden to answer the charges, but refused to do so - fearing that Sweden would extradite him to the US.

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