JULIAN ASSANGE’S lawyer has accused Ecuador of making ‘outrageous’ claims about the WikiLeaks founder to justify allowing police to arrest him last week at its London embassy.
Jennifer Robinson said ‘that’s not true’ when pressed about allegations that the Australian had smeared faeces on the walls in protest at his treatment during his seven years there.
She added that Assange, who is also said to have accessed embassy security files without permission and annoyed staff with his smelly body odour, had been in a ‘difficult situation’.
‘I have been visiting him in the embassy throughout the seven-year period,’ she told Sky News show Sophy Ridge On Sunday. ‘He has effectively been inside a room. It’s not been easy.’
Ms Ridge brought up claims Assange, who was granted refuge at the embassy in 2012 after Britain approved his extradition to face sex assault allegations in Sweden, thought he was ‘above the law’.
But Ms Robinson said the 47-year-old had feared being sent on to the US, where he is wanted for exposing confidential military files on WikiLeaks.
She said the US request for him to be taken there, lodged immediately after his arrest on Friday, showed that his worries were well-founded.
‘The concern was not about facing Swedish justice, it was about the risk of facing American injustice,’ she said.
‘We’ve seen this week high-profile US senators saying he is now our property and we’ll do with him what we will. These are serious concerns.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined Assange’s supporters in saying he should be protected against extradition to the US because he exposed evidence of ‘atrocities’ in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But he has said he should have to answer questions about the claims he committed ‘sexual attacks’ in Sweden.
Assange’s dad John Shipton has urged Aussie PM Scott Morrison to help his son, who is in custody and faces up to a year’s jail for skipping bail. After seeing footage of the computer programmer with a straggly grey beard, he said: ‘I’m 74 and I look better than him and he’s 47.’