Assange takes legal action against Ecuador

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

Julian Assange launches legal action against Ecuador

WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon is now in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to launch the case, which is set to be heard in a domestic court next week, according to United Kingdom media reports.

A domestic court is set to hear Mr Assange's case next week, when Mr Garzon will explain the embassy's actions WikiLeaks perceived as a violation of its founder's human rights.

WikiLeaks claims Mr Assange's access to the outside world has been "summarily cut off" and says Ecuador has threatened to remove the protection he has had since being given political asylum.

"Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community", a Wikileaks statement said.

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

Assange's lawyers said they were also challenging the legality of the Ecuador government's "special protocol", revealed earlier this week, which makes his political asylum contingent on "censoring" his freedom of opinion, speech and association.

According to the lawyer, Ecuadorian authorities presented Assange with a "special protocol", detailing rules on visitors, access to communications and medical attention, on October 13.

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Assange's legal action comes with speculation mounting that Ecuador was preparing to end its standoff with the British government by terminating his six-year asylum. It also orders him to take proper care of his cat or risk having it handed to a shelter.

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

That case has since been dropped but Assange fears being extradited to the United States to face charges over the WikiLeaks website's release of troves of sensitive U.S. government files.

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