- Newly leaked security footage from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London shows Julian Assange exercising in his cramped living quarters.
- The footage, published by the Daily Mail on Friday, shows Assange shadowboxing, swinging his arms wildly, and jumping up and down.
- Earlier in April, footage was released of Assange skateboarding in the embassy.
- WikiLeaks founder Assange spent almost seven years living in the Ecuadorian embassy as he avoided arrest by authorities over a sexual assault investigation in Sweden. He was arrested by UK authorities on April 11.
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Leaked security footage from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange undertaking what seems to be an exercise routine during his seven-year stay in the building.
The footage, published by the Daily Mail on Friday, shows Assange shadowboxing, swinging his arms wildly, and jumping up and down on the spot, all while pacing back and forth between the two rooms in which he lived while he was inside the embassy.
You can see the video, which also shows Assange drinking from an unidentifiable carton, below:
It is unclear at exactly what point during Assange’s near-seven-year stay in the embassy the footage was taken.
The release of the security video comes just days after Spanish newspaperEl País published similar footage of Assange in the embassy, showing him wearing a tank top and shorts, trying to balance on a skateboard while moving across a small room.
Assange skateboarded inside the embassy to “kill time,” El País said, citing security guards at the embassy. He also kicked a ball around the embassy’s corridors to entertain himself, the newspaper reported.
Assange was arrested by UK police on April 11, after Ecuador revoked the political asylum that had allowed him to remain in the embassy from 2012 onward.
There have been numerous allegations about Assange’s supposedly inappropriate behaviour during his time in the embassy.
Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno accused Assange of “discourteous and aggressive behaviour” inside the embassy and said that WikiLeaks made “hostile and threatening declarations” during Assange’s time there.
Moreno accused Assange of using the embassy as a “centre for spying” in an interview with the UK’s The Guardian newspaper after the arrest and said that this was why Ecuador revoked his asylum.
He said that Assange “maintained constant improper hygienic behaviour throughout his stay.”
One such allegation of poor hygiene against Assange is that he smeared faeces on the walls of a bathroom he was using during his stay, one that has been frequently repeated by Moreno and other senior Ecuadorian politicians.
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