Julian Assange foiled a break-in at his flat in the Ecuadorian Embassy, his legal team has claimed. The WikiLeaks founder was woken up in the middle of the night after an alleged intruder attempted to enter a window at the front of the embassy building.
However the opening of the window knocked over a fire extinguisher that Mr Assange had set up as a ‘booby trap’, his lawyers say. Scaffolding was later erected against the embassy building in Knightsbridge, west London, which WikiLeaks representatives say “obscures the embassy’s security cameras”.
The alleged break-in on October 26 was revealed by activist and journalist Suzie Dawson, who was provided with a statement by Mr Assange’s legal team.
Supporters of Mr Assange claim that the whistleblower has been put at risk of abduction by a lack of security at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Later the same day of the alleged break-in, cyber-security expert Sean O’Brien claimed he was able to walk through the unguarded front door of the embassy. He also took photographs of ‘surveillance equipment’ which he claimed is pointing towards the building, suggesting they are being used to watch Mr Assange.
The Metropolitan Police say they had received no reports of an attempted break-in at the embassy.
Last week, Mr Assange claimed Ecuador is trying to kick him out of its embassy and hand him over to the United States. Both Ecuador and Britain say he will not be sent to the U.S. or any other country that uses the death penalty in its justice system.
The video call was part of a trial taking place in Ecuadorian capital of Quito in which Assange is protesting the terms of his asylum. Rules included banning him from making political statements, ordering him to take better care of his cat, and insisting he clean the toilet.
Assange has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 when he was accused of sexual assault by two women in Sweden.
He denied their claims but refused to travel to Sweden to face them, saying it was part of a ruse to extradite him to the U.S.
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