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Ecuador have had enough of Assange - and his cat

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Ecuador have had enough of Assange - and his cat

Ecuador have had enough of Assange - and his cat

Ecuador are speaking out after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed a lawsuit against new terms of asylum in the Andean nation's London embassy that require him to pay for medical bills and phone calls and clean up after his pet cat.

Julian Sattherthwaite reports

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Ecuador have had enough of Assange - and his cat

Cat poo and laundry bills.

These now the big issues in Julian Assange's long and disputed stay in Ecuador's London embassy.

The country's foreign minister saying it will no longer take Assange's side in talks with the British government.

The WikiLeaks founder is suing Ecuador over new conditions placed on his asylum in the embassy.

They require him to pay for medical bills and telephone calls, and to clean up after his pet cat.

Here's Michi, also known as Embassy Cat.

Assange has also complained that the country refuses to pay his laundry bills.

He's been staying at the residence since 2012.

That's when British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case.

On Tuesday Ecuadorian Foreign Minister José Valencia told Reuters that the country was running out of patience: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ECUADOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE VALENCIA, SAYING: "Ecuador has no responsibility to take any further steps.

Of course, at some point, if we can facilitate a conversation between Mr. Assange and the British side, we'll do it.

But, nothing more than that.

We are not Mr. Assange's lawyers, nor are we representatives of the British government.

It is a direct relationship that exists between Assange and Great Britain." The molestation case against Assange was eventually dropped.

BUT supporters say he still fears he could be arrested and extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy.

WikiLeaks faces a grand jury investigation there after it published U.S. diplomatic and military secrets.



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