WikiLeaks founder Assange’s expulsion from Ecuadorian embassy seems imminent

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, above, is to be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in hours or days, the organisation tweeted citing a top source.

However, a senior official in Ecuador has denied this, according to the Associated Press.

Assange will be forced out by using INA papers, which implicated Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in a corruption scandal, as a pretext, the organisation wrote.

The tweet comes days after Moreno accused Assange of repeatedly violating the terms of his asylum. He said Ecuador was seeking an arrangement with Britain to remove Assange from the embassy.

Assange has been living in the embassy since 2012 to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden where he faces rape charges.

Sweden has stopped investigation into charges against Assange but it may restart the probe once he is returned to Stockholm.

Assange’s worst fear is getting extradited to the US where he faces serious charges for publication of hacked government documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The UK is determined to arrest Assange for violating his bail conditions if he steps out of the Ecuadorian embassy.  

However, it has promised not to extradite him to a country where his life would be in danger.

Moreno is facing an investigation initiated by opposition lawmaker Ronny Aleaga after he received leaked documents from an unknown source on the president’s corrupt offshore deals.

Moreno has denied any wrongdoing and says the leaks are part of a smear campaign against his government.

WikiLeaks’ role in triggering the corruption scandal against Moreno has never been proved and the president is using it now to kick out Assange from the embassy.