Assange Claims Expulsion Would Violate Refugee Law

CNN International reports:

The legal team of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has said expelling him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London would be “illegal” and would “violate international refugee law.”

“It will be a sad day for democracy if the UK and Ecuadorean governments are willing to act as accomplices to the Trump administration’s determination to prosecute a publisher for publishing truthful information,” according to the statement issued on Friday.

The statement came after Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry refused to comment on claims from WikiLeaks that Assange could soon be expelled from the country’s embassy in London.

The Associated Press reports:

Britain’s foreign secretary says Julian Assange is a “free man” and can leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London whenever he chooses. On Thursday, tweets from WikiLeaks quoted what it said were high-level sources saying that Julian Assange could be kicked out of the building within “hours to days.”

Ecuador’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying it wouldn’t comment on what it called “rumors, theories or conjectures.” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Assange “can leave that embassy whenever he wants to, so we want the situation resolved as quickly as possible.” Assange hasn’t left the embassy since August 2012.