Assange prepares to sue Ecuador government for violating his freedoms

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Julian Assange is launching legal action against the government of Ecuador for “violating his freedoms” while he remains holed up in its British embassy.The move comes several months after Ecuador cut off communications for the Wikileaks founder, who has been living inside the embassy in London for over six years.WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon has arrived in Ecuador to launch the case, which is set to be heard in a domestic court next week.WikiLeaks said Ecuador had threatened to remove the protection Mr Assange has had since being granted political asylum, and added that his access to the outside world had been “summarily cut off.”Mr Assange fears being extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy.It is understood that the theme of the legal action will be on Mr Assange’s isolation, ban on visits, speech restrictions, and failure to live up to international obligations.

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