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Ecuador rejects claims that Assange was treated unfairly

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said Monday that it was not unfairly targeting founder when it revoked his last week.

Ecuadorian said Assange's behaviour was "undeserving, disrespectful" and he pointed to a video published by the newspaper The short video with no audio appears to show Assange arguing with an official inside the Ecuadorian embassy in

"An image is worth a thousand words, and there are several images," Valencia said.

Jennifer Robinson, a representing Assange, has alleged that spread lies about his behaviour at its embassy.

Valencia spoke with in an interview during a five-day visit to with Neither will be having meetings with officials from the

In the interview, the said that a Swedish citizen who lived in the capital of and visited Assange multiple times in was arrested recently "because there is suspicion about his possible participation in criminal activities in Ecuador, related to "

The Swedish has been identified as

Valencia said the has other videos of Assange recorded by security cameras in public areas of the embassy which will be released if necessary as part of a criminal investigation.

Valencia also said that made a "sovereign decision" when it ended Assange's protected status after more than 6 years and opened the way for his arrest last week.

He denied any influence or pressure by the

After his arrest by British authorities, the Justice Department charged Assange with taking part in a computer hacking conspiracy, accusing him of scheming with former Army intelligence to break a password for a classified government computer.

In Quito, the on Monday released three from British authorities saying Assange would not be extradited to a country that imposes the death penalty.

The three communications, dated March 7, 2018; August 10, 2018; and April 3, 2019, were signed by either then-or his replacement,

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 02:45 IST