Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, to reportedly be expelled from Ecuadorian embassy

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WikiLeaks says high-level sources within Ecuador are signalling that Australian Julian Assange will be expelled from the country's London embassy within "hours to days".

"It is tense because he is expecting to be thrown out at any minute", Vaughan Smith told media on Friday afternoon after exiting the embassy.

Smith said his visit had been arranged before the current situation arose.

Wikileaks has taken notice of this, and they've said Moreno seems to be setting this up as the pretext to act against Assange.

But Assange wanted to stay where he was.

His relations with his embassy hosts have been deteriorating for the past year, with Ecuador last year cutting off his internet.

"Rumors of the "imminent" expulsion of Assange date back several months".

A top Ecuadorian official denied WikiLeaks' claim and said no decision had been taken to expel Assange.

Mr Assange in turn sued, saying his rights as an Ecuadorian - he was granted citizenship past year as part of an apparent attempt to name him a diplomat and ferry him to Russian Federation - were being violated.

British police stationed armed officers outside the embassy; the red-brick building with white window frames and balconies was quiet.

Ecuador's government did not respond to calls made after office hours, but the Associated Press reported that no decision has yet been made, citing an unidentified government official.

The source further noted that Quito already has an agreement with the United Kingdom for the arrest, according to a Thursday tweet by WikiLeaks.

It said President Moreno was attempting to cover up activities related to his use of an offshore tax haven created by his brother, known as the INA Papers. "He can not intervene in the politics of other countries, or worse, those of friendly countries".

"Mr. Assange has violated the agreement we reached with him and his legal counsel too many times", Moreno said in the interview in the city of Guayaquil.

Ecuador also suspects that WikiLeaks is responsible for sharing private photographs of Moreno on social media recently.

Assange has been at the London embassy building since 2012, but if he leaves, he'll likely face arrest through a warrant that remains in effect through the city's police department.

While Sweden has since dropped its rape case against Assange, British authorities have said they will still arrest him as soon as he steps out of the embassy because he defied the orders of a United Kingdom judge and fled extradition, thus violating his bail conditions.

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