On April 12, according to US media reports, Ecuadorian officials said that Assange smeared his stool on the embassy wall before being taken away by London police.
On Thursday, Ecuadors Minister of the Interior, Maria Paula Romo, revealed this stunning message at a news conference. Romo said Assange was dragged away by London police after his refugee status was revoked.
The Ecuadorian government tolerated many of Assanges bad behaviour, such as putting stool on the embassy wall and other disrespectful acts that a guest should not have done, Romo said.
After Assanges arrest, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno issued a statement saying that their patience had reached its limit, thus withdrawing Assanges refugee status and calling it the trouble inherited from the previous president.
Moreno said Assanges refugee status was no longer valid because he repeatedly violated the explicit provisions of the Convention on Diplomatic Asylum and pointed out that it was related to Vatican documents recently leaked by WikiLeaks.
This is not the first time Assanges personal health and cleanliness issues have been made public. Last January, a report published by International Business Weekly showed that Assange did not wash his face or hands for several days, nor did he change his clothes and other personal hygiene conditions.
Assange eats with his hands every day and wipes the stains on his fingers on his pants. Ive never seen such greasy pants as his, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former assistant to the embassy, told the weekly magazine.
In 2011, the former editor-in-chief of the New York Times described Assange as like a scavenger on the street.
He smells like he hasnt bathed for days, said ll Keller, former editor-in-chief.
Hes very alert, but dirty and messy, wearing dirty white T-shirts, old sports shoes, white socks covered with stains, crumbling piled on his ankles.
Assange, 47, will appear in U.S. courts via video link on May 2 after being arrested by London police.
In 2010, WikiLeaks released a large number of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to prosecute Assange, who may be extradited to the United States for trial. Assanges charges in the United States may include espionage.
Source: Responsible Editor of Cover News: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331