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- Security footage from inside Ecuador’s embassy in London shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange try to skateboard through a small room.
- Assange had been in the embassy since 2012, where tensions rose with staff as he was accused of poor hygiene and of riding a skateboard and kicking a ball to entertain himself.
- He was arrested and removed by British police on Thursday after Ecuador revoked his asylum.
- He faces up to 12 months in jail in the UK over breaking bail conditions, and possible extradition to the US over WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive US military documents.
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Leaked security footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange try to skateboard in a room in London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived for almost seven years.
The footage, obtained by Spanish newspaper El País, shows Assange, wearing a tank top and shorts, try to balance on the skateboard and move across a small room in the embassy, where he lived in a 330-square-foot space and developed a tense relationship with staff.
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Assange skateboarded inside the embassy to “kill time,” El País said, citing security guards at the embassy. He also kicked a ball around the embassy’s corridors to entertain himself, the newspaper reported.
Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno had previously chastised Assange for skateboarding indoors, urging him to change some of his behaviour inside the embassy, including spending more time cleaning up after his pet cat.
The footage also shows Assange fighting with a security guard in the embassy, a sign of the increased tensions between Assange and his hosts during his almost seven-year stint.
That stint ended on Thursday when Ecuador revoked his asylum and he was arrested by British police. He could face up to 12 months in British prison for breaking his bail conditions.
El País reported that tensions rose between Assange and embassy security as he grew more eccentric during his time there. Guards told the newspaper that he would give TV interviews while only wearing underwear on his bottom half, and he would leave the bathroom so messy that guards took photos and complained about it to the embassy.
In a video announcement after Assange’s arrest, Moreno accused Assange of “discourteous and aggressive behaviour” inside the embassy, and said that WikiLeaks made “hostile and threatening declarations” during Assange’s time in the embassy.
Moreno accused Assange of using the embassy as a “centre for spying” in an interview with the UK’s The Guardian newspaper after the arrest, and said that this was why Ecuador revoked his asylum.
He also decried what he said was Assange’s behaviour inside the embassy: “He mistreated our officials in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, abused the patience of Ecuadorians.”
He said that Assange “maintained constant improper hygienic behaviour throughout his stay.”
Ecuador’s Maria Paula Romo told reporters after Assange’s arrest on Thursday that he had been “allowed to do things like put feces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviors of that nature.”
Assange’s lawyer accused Moreno of making “outrageous accusations” to justify allowing police into the embassy.
Jennifer Robinson told Sky News on Sunday that Assange had had “a very difficult time” since Moreno, who expresses much less support for Assange than his predecessor, becamame president in 2017.
Assange had been in the embassy since 2012, using his political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation that he denies and was later dropped.
After he was arrested on Thursday, US officials announced that he was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive military US documents, paving the way for his extradition.