"Mention of the cat is degrading": Assange sues over Ecuador terms

Illustration of Julian Assange

The move comes in response to a new policy governing Assange's stay at the South American nation's London embassy.

Julian Assange has filed a case against the Ecuadorian government for alleged "violation of fundamental rights", a statement released by WikiLeaks said on Friday.

Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon said the demands regarding the cat are "denigrating". The case has been slated to be heard in a domestic court next week.

In a statement, WikiLeaks States that the Embassy of Ecuador "threatened to deprive his defense and cut him off from the outside world".

Assange has been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a European Arrest Warrant over a rape and molestation allegation in Sweden.

Garzon said that "was a decision made by the government of Ecuador and accepted by Assange" and that failure of the plan, later blocked by the British Foreign Office, wasn't his client's fault. Ecuador gave Assange diplomatic asylum, but there's always been friction between the white-haired troublemaker and his Ecuadorian hosts.

Failure to abide by the rules would result in the termination of his asylum in the embassy, the Ecuadorian government said, according to the memo, seen by The Guardian newspaper.

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"The protocol is in line with global standards and Ecuadorean law", the minister told reporters on Friday. "The protocol makes Assange's political asylum contingent on censoring his freedom of opinion, speech and association", the organization continued.

On Friday, Wikileaks took to Twitter to state its rejection of the conditions in which Assange has been forced to live and voiced its full support for legal action.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy. The UN in 2016 found Assange was arbitrarily detained at the embassy by the United Kingdom, describing his situation as "inhuman and degrading treatment".

Sweden later dropped its investigation of Assange, but Britain says he will be arrested for violating the terms of his bail if he leaves the embassy.

The protocol also requires journalists, his lawyers and anyone else seeking to see Assange to disclose private or political details, such as their social media usernames, the serial numbers and codes of their phones and tablets, with Ecuador - which the protocol says the government may "share with other agencies".

WikiLeaks caused an worldwide storm in 2010 when it published a series of leaks from USA soldier Chelsea Manning.

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