In a statement, WikiLeaks said Friday Ecuador had "threatened to remove his
protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world."
It added that the embassy has refused journalists and human rights
organizations to see him as well as installed signal jammers to prevent
phone calls and internet access.
The whistleblower has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
since 2012 when he was granted asylum as part of a bid to avoid extradition
to Sweden where he was facing allegations of sexual assault. The case has
since been dropped but as Assange fears US extradition due to his work with
Wikileaks, he has remained in place.
The accusations against Ecuador come after a document was leaked earlier
this week revealinga new set of house rules Assange must adhere to in London
from December 1.
The memo, which was written in Spanish and first published by Ecuadorean
website Codigo Vidrio, specifies that Assange must pay for his own
expenses like food, medical and laundry, that visitors must have prior
authorization, and that he must not only keep the spaces inside the
embassy clean, but also take care of his cat. It also reiterates the
position that he is not allowed to interfere in any other country's
The leaked document says that the 47-year-old is at risk of losing both
his pet and his asylum status if he does not comply.
WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon arrived in Ecuador this week to launch
In a news conference Friday, Garzon said there "a number of measures
which have a threatening tone" and accused the Ecuadorian government of
"not doing enough."
He added: "This is the time when they need to act ... it's on Ecuador's
interest and also Mr. Assange's interest."
Assange has seen a copy of the new directives for residing at the London
embassy -- which are not on official embassy paper or signed by anyone
-- but has yet to receive official acknowledgment that this is what he
must follow from December 1, his legal team said.
A member of Assange's legal team, Carlos Poveda told CNN earlier this
week that the rules were a "unilateral imposition from Ecuador in order
to weaken the asylum granted to Assange (by) establishing conditions
that are stronger than a jail."
CNN contacted the Ecuadorean Foreign Affairs Ministry for comment on the
leaked memo but has yet to receive a response.
But on Wednesday, the Ecuadorean Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the
document after it was forced to deny media reports of pressure to issue
new rules for Assange's living arrangements.
"Ecuador is a sovereign state, that makes its decisions on foreign
policy with autonomy and looking after the national interests while
strictly following international law," it said.
Assange's lawyers argue that Ecuador is breaching his rights by
continuing to deny him access to the internet; the whistleblower was
pulled offline back in March for failing to follow rules that Ecuador
said he agreed to as part of his asylum.
"Ecuador's government warns that Assange's behavior through his social
media messages puts in risk the good relationship the country has with
the UK, other EU countries and other nations," a statement from March
The statement did not specify which message or messages, if any,
violated the agreement.