Julian Assange Sues Ecuador For Violating His 'Fundamental Rights'

​The lawsuit relates to a new set of embassy house rules that Assange claims violates his rights.
Posted at 10:02 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 22:02:46-04

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has taken legal action against the Ecuadorian government, arguing his "fundamental rights" have been violated.

This is in reference to recent house rules the Ecuadorian government implemented for Assange's stay in its London embassy. He has been living there since 2012 and risks being arrested if he leaves.

The new rules include things like Assange having to pay for his own medical bills, get prior approval when having visitors, to clean up his bathroom and tend to his cat. He is suing Ecuador's foreign minister to have the rules changed, as the minister serves as the middleman between Assange and the Ecuadorian government.

Assange's lawyers argue the new rules breach their client's rights, which should be granted to him as part of his asylum.

Ecuador's foreign affairs minister said Friday the country will respond to the lawsuit "in an appropriate manner," and that the rules didn't violate international standards or Ecuadorian law.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.