Ecuador revokes Julian Assange's citizenship

Ecuador revokes Julian Assange's citizenship

An Ecuadorian court has officially revoked Julian Assange's citizenship. The decision was made after authorities discovered that there were a number of irregularities in the supporting documents, including signature differences, possible document changes, and unpaid fees by the WikiLeaks founder.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Assange's lawyer, Carlos Poveda, said the decision to cancel his client's citizenship was made without due process and was not allowed to appear in the case. He said he would appeal.

"On that date, Assange was being deprived of his liberty and was dealing with a health crisis at the location of his detention," said Poveda, quoted from Al Jazeera, Wednesday (28/7).

Assange is being held at the high-security Belmarsh prison in London, England as the United States seeks his extradition. In January, a British court ruled that Assange should not be extradited to his home country because it considered the move "oppressive".

Assange is accused of conspiring with former US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified material in 2010. His supporters and press freedom groups view him as an investigative reporter who uncovers war crimes.

Secret documents relating to the military involvement of Allied forces in Afghanistan were released on WikiLeaks. In addition, Assange also collaborates with journalists in leading media.