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  • Julian Assange's legal team were blocked from entering the Ecuadorean embassy in London to prepare Tuesday's U.S. court hearing.

    Julian Assange's legal team were blocked from entering the Ecuadorean embassy in London to prepare Tuesday's U.S. court hearing. | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 November 2018

Julian Assange's lawyers have been denied entry to the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where they needed to meet with their client to prepare Tuesday's U.S. court hearing.

The lawyers defending Julian Assange, have been refused entry to the Ecuadorean embassy in London, WikiLeaks tweeted Saturday. The announcement comes at a difficult moment, in which there has been a lot of speculation about the possibility that the Ecuadorean government could be expelled from the embassy.

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In mid-November Assange's legal team said that Ecuador might be preparing the ground for the extradition of the Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange to the United States. Today WikiLeaks stated that the Ecuadorean government had denied the access to its embassy in London to Jen Robinson and Aitor Martinez, Assange's lawyers.

The lawyers were to meet with Assange "to prepare for his U.S. court hearing on Tuesday," WikiLeaks tweeted.

The recently-former editor of WikiLeaks is facing a U.S. court hearing Tuesday and is in crucial need to meet with his legal team to prepare for it. "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," tweeted WikiLeaks Saturday.

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed charges in preparation to pursue a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The information was leaked as a result of a mishandling of documents by Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kellen Dwyer.

In March, the Ecuadorean government prohibited Julian Assange's ability to communicate. Assange has no access to communication with the outside world and to any visits besides his legal team. The U.S. and Ecuador have confirmed they have been in communication regarding Assange since July 2018.

In an interview, on Nov. 4 as part of an online campaign called #Unity4J, Julian Assange's mother said, “The modern-day cage for political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London — it is the Ecuadorian Embassy. He is right now alone, sick, and in pain; silenced in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact, and being tortured in the heart of London.”

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