BREAKING: Assange Lawyers Blocked From Entering Ecuadorian Embassy as Tuesday Hearing Looms
The US Department of Justice is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Julian Assange’s lawyers have been blocked from entering the Ecuadorian embassy according to a tweet posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account.
Assange faces a US court hearing on Tuesday in the National Security court complex in Alexandria, Virginia and needs to meet with his lawyers to prepare.
WIKILEAKS: BREAKING: Ecuador’s government has refused Julian Assange’s lawyers [UK lawyer @suigenerisjen & Spanish lawyer Aitor Martínez] access to him this weekend (although the embassy is manned 24/7) to prepare for his US court hearing on Tuesday.
BREAKING: Ecuador's government has refused Julian Assange's lawyers [UK lawyer @suigenerisjen & Spanish lawyer Aitor Martínez] access to him this weekend (although the embassy is manned 24/7) to prepare for his US court hearing on Tuesday.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 24, 2018
WikiLeaks added in a second tweet, “Further detail: the hearing is on Tuesday in the national security court complex at Alexandria, Virginia and is to remove the secrecy order on the U.S. charges against him.”
The charges that the DOJ is pursuing are unknown at this time, however the Wall Street Journal is speculating they may involve the Espionage Act.
As TGP’s Cassandra Fairbanks previously reported, the Ecuadorian embassy cut off internet access for Julian Assange and no longer allowed him to have visitors in March.
Julian Assange’s internet access and access to visitors was partly restored by Ecuador in October.
Mr. Assange has lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since being granted political asylum in the summer of 2012.