Assange Put ‘Through Hell’ as Quito Tried to ‘Break Him Down’, Ex-Diplomat Says


from Sputnik News:

Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UK Jaime Marchan previously claimed that Julian Assange, who had been holed up in the country’s London embassy for seven years until his 11 April arrest, put excrement on the walls as part of his “daily protests”. His lawyer blasted the allegations, saying they were made as a pretext to force him out of the premises.

In an interview with Sky News, the former Consul of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Fidel Narvaez, has accused staffers of putting Julian Assange through “hell” in a bid to boot out the whistleblower by “breaking him down”.

“The last year was hell for Julian in that embassy. I was there the first months of the last year and I witnessed when Julian was told that he would no longer be allowed to have internet or access to the phone and wouldn’t be able to have visitors. The strategy was very clear – break him down. The government didn’t know how to end the asylum and face the catastrophic historical shame for doing that”.

The former senior diplomat, who worked at the London embassy for six of the seven years that Assange resided there, in fact, denied the claims by the Ecuadorian government that the journalist didn’t clean up after himself, his cat, and smeared excrement on the walls.

“Julian had a respectful relationship with staff, diplomats, and administrative staff. I don’t recall a single incident when he disrespected someone until I left in July 2018. He was 100% respectful. Clean and tidy? What is clean and tidy? Did he put the dishes in the dishwasher? Probably not at weekends. Is that a crime?” Narvaez continued.

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He has as well explained Assange’s decision not to go to Sweden back in 2012, where he was being probed in a sexual assault case, saying that the WikiLeaks founder was concerned over a possible extradition to the United States for leaking confidential government data.

“I consider him my friend. He’s provided a big service to all of us. It doesn’t matter if we like him or not. It doesn’t matter if he puts the dishes in the dishwasher or looks after the cat well. I stand by Julian. I believe him”, Narvaez said.

The diplomat’s interview comes nearly two weeks after Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UK Jaime Marchan claimed that Assange’s relationship with the embassy staff deteriorated towards the end of his asylum to an extent that he smeared faeces on the walls.

“When Assange wanted to be unpleasant, he put excrement on the walls and underwear with excrement in the lavatory. We had to remind him to flush the toilet and clean the dishes. He had to be reminded of normal standards of behaviour all the time”, Marchan told the Daily Mail.

He went on to say that the personnel was ostensibly so irritated with him, they kicked out his cat for failing to clean up its mess, and they were suspicious that it “may carry a device to spy on us”.

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