Ecuador says hacking attempts doubled after it ended Assange asylum

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Assange Supporters Protest at Prison Where Wiki Leaks Founder Allegedly Held AFP 2019 JUSTIN TALLIS

United States prosecutors have unsealed an affidavit against Julian Assange that outlines their case against the WikiLeaks co-founder on a single count of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion" that may or may not have succeeded.

Hacking attempts on Ecuadorean government institutions have doubled since the country revoked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's asylum at its London embassy last week, an official said on Monday.

"I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making some pretty outrageous allegations over the past few days to justify what was an unlawful and extraordinary act in allowing British police to come inside an embassy".

The Australian's anti-social behaviour - which according to Ecuador's Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo included putting "faeces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviours of that nature" - would ultimately seen him fall foul of President Lenin Moreno, who took office in 2017.

A photo of Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno lounging in bed with a giant platter of lobster in front of him may have spurred Julian Assange's eviction from the country's London embassy.

Valencia said the Ecuadorian government has other videos of Assange recorded by security cameras in public areas of the embassy which will be released if necessary as part of a criminal investigation.

Assange took refuge at the embassy after losing his battle against extradition to Sweden, where he faced allegations including rape. Sweden is considering reviving the investigation.

A lawyer representing Assange accused Ecuador's government on Sunday of spreading lies about his behavior inside in London.

The United States is also seeking his extradition after charging him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.

Ecuador's Moreno ended Assange's protected status after more than 6½ years and opened the way for his arrest.

More than 70 MPs have also urged the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that Assange was being charged for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

El Pais said in its article that Assange had been granted permission by the embassy in 2012 to use recording equipment in order to work out who was throwing objects at his window in the early hours of the morning.

The "probable cause" for Assange's extradition to the USA is described as hundreds of messages sent between Manning and Assange on the Jabber platform.

His next court appearance is May 2 via video link.

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