- Employees at Ecuador’s embassy in London are annoyed at the way Julian Assange is treating the place.
- They say he ruins the floors by skateboarding through the building and doesn’t always clean up after his cat.
- Assange is in a legal battle with the embassy over the conditions of his stay.
- He’s been there for six years because he’s afraid Britain will extradite him for his alleged crimes if he leaves.
Ecuadorian embassy workers are sick and tired of Julian Assange treating its London embassy like a sports rink, according to Reuters.
Workers say that the WikiLeaks founder has ruined the embassy floors by skateboarding through the halls, playing soccer on the grounds, and not consistently cleaning up after his cat.
Earlier in October, the embassy posted strict housekeeping rules for Assange, telling him to take better care of his bathroom and potentially lose his cat if he doesn’t take better care of it. The embassy also said it would stop paying for his medical bills and would stop paying for costs related to his housing.
This isn’t the first time people have complained about his hygiene.
“Julian ate everything with his hands and he always wiped his fingers on his pants. I have never seen pants as greasy as his in my whole life,” his aide Daniel Domscheit-Berg told the International Business Times in January.
Andrew O’Hagan, who was hired to help Assange write his memoirs in 2011, concurred. “People in magazine articles say he doesn’t eat, but he had three helpings of lasagna that night and he ate both the baked potato and the jam pudding with his hands,”wrote O’Hagan. “Julian scorns all attempts at social graces. He eats like a pig.”
Over the past six years, Ecuador has spent $US6 million on Assange’s embassy stay, according to Attorney General Inigo Salvador. Assange originally took refuge in the embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden for a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. Now he says he’s avoiding being jailed by Great Britain for violating the terms of his bail, and being extradited to the United States, where he potentially faces charges related to leaking CIA documents.
Assange is afraid Ecuador is trying to push him out and he’s in the middle of a lawsuit with Ecuador over his asylum terms.
But Salvador says he’s free to stay.
“If Mr. Assange wants to stay and he follows the rules … he can stay at the embassy as long as he wants,” he told Reuters.
Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer, objected to the way he was being treated in the embassy.
“It’s virtually a prison regime,” he told the Guardian. “This new regime goes against his basic human dignity as an asylee.”