The fate of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is in doubt after a large team of Ecuadorian negotiators entered the country’s UK embassy to discuss the asylum seeker’s recent criticisms of his accommodation there, including a claim that his pet cat’s litter tray had not been refreshed for days.
The blond Australian recently launched legal action against Ecuador, accusing it of violating his fundamental rights and freedoms. He has been holed-up in the embassy since 2012 after seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape inquiry that has since been dropped.
CCTV footage shows 15 Ecuadorian men – many believed to be carrying diplomatic passports – arriving at the embassy overnight (Australian time) in a number of vans and stretch limousines flying the Ecuadorian flag.
They were seen entering the premises wearing goggles and raincoats and armed with medicine bags, ropes, buckets and mops, paint-splatter sheets, bone saws and any number of diplomatic bags that appeared to be empty. Two of the men clearly struggled with a heavy, industrial Makita-brand dropsaw while others carried blow torches, wire cutters and a 19th Century flensing knife.
A friend of Assange told media: “Julian can be a little hot-headed so I’m just praying to God that he didn’t start a fight.”