Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s President, has alleged that Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, used the country’s embassy in London to spy while he was there.
Moreno also said no country influenced his decision to revoke the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum.
The Australian was arrested at the embassy last week over what Ecuador called “violations” by Assange.
The president told The Guardian newspaper, that the country’s former government had provided facilities within the embassy “to interfere” with other states.
The 46-year-old’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, had earlier accused Ecuador of “outrageous allegations”.
Moreno, who came to power in 2017, said:
“Any attempt to destabilise is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country.”
“We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying.”
However, Two left-wing German lawmakers, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen, and Spanish member of Parliament, Ana Miranda, held a news conference on Monday, outside Belmarsh prison, where Assange is currently being detained.
They called on the European Union states to offer him asylum and prevent his extradition to the United States, where he is being wanted for releasing hundreds of government secret files.
Dagdelen said the EU should “take action” to protect the “persecuted political publisher and journalist”.