Assange tried to use embassy as 'centre for spying', says Ecuador's Moreno

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Exclusive: President says he has it in writing from UK that WikiLeaks cofounder???s rights will be respected

Julian Assange
Julian Assange leaving a police station in London on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a ???centre for spying???, Ecuador???s president has said in an interview with the Guardian.

Len??n Moreno also said he had been given written undertakings from Britain that Assange???s fundamental rights would be respected and that he would not be sent anywhere to face the death penalty.

Assange, 47, was taken from the embassy by British police last Thursday after Ecuador revoked his political asylum, ending a stay there of nearly seven years.

The WikiLeaks cofounder faces up to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of breaching his bail conditions when he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012. He made the move after losing a battle against extradition to Sweden where he faced allegations including of rape, which he denies.

He is expected to fight extradition to the US over an allegation that he conspired with the former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer. Sweden is weighing up whether to