Julian Assange, blabber-mouth extraordinaire, has been given the boot by Ecuador for being a lousy house guest.
But relations between him and Ecuador's government worsened under President Lenín Moreno, who took office in 2017. This became evident last year when Assange was given a set of house rules, including paying for internet use, food and laundry, taking better care of his cat and keeping the bathroom clean.
Patience was already running thin and, explaining the withdrawal of Assange's protection on Twitter, President Moreno accused him of "repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols". He said Ecuador had "reached its limit" on Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".
More details emerged later, when Foreign Minister José Valencia told Congress that Assange had been using a mobile phone not registered with the embassy, repeatedly insulted the mission's workers, reportedly calling them US spies, and damaged the facilities by riding his skateboard and playing football, despite being told not to do so.
Cleaning staff, Mr Valencia said, had described "improper hygienic conduct" throughout Assange's stay, an issue that a lawyer had attributed to "stomach problems". One unnamed senior Ecuadorean official told AP news agency that other issues included "weeks without a shower" and a "dental problem born of poor hygiene".
Edited by fahrquad, 12 April 2019 - 09:27 AM.