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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange frees cat from Ecuadorian Embassy

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Julian
Assange gave away “Embassy Cat,” his beloved feline companion at
the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Instagram/Embassy Cat

  • Julian Assange has been living with a cat during his
    six-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
  • The WikiLeaks founder has given away his feline
    companion — known as “Embassy Cat” — as its “isolation became
    unbearable,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported.
  • He reportedly also wanted to give it a healthier
    life.
  • Assange was slapped with a new set of house rules in
    October including cat care, personal hygiene, and internet
    use.

Julian Assange reportedly gave away his beloved cat in the
Ecuadorian Embassy in London so it wouldn’t be trapped with him
any more.

Assange freed the feline — known as “Embassy Cat” — as its
“isolation became unbearable,” and to “allow it a healthier
life,”
Italian newspaper La Repubblica
reported on Tuesday.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the embassy since
August 2012 after being accused of rape in Sweden.

He frequently posed with the cat and posted their photos to a
dedicated Instagram page.

In 2016 the cat played with American documentary filmmaker
Michael Moore, who the account named “Meowchael Moore.”

The cat’s freedom comes after the Ecuadorian embassy complained
about Assange’s living situation. It told
him to clean up after the cat
, called him unhygienic, and
said that
his skateboarding ruins their floors
.

It’s not clear where the cat lives, or who it lives with now.

Read more: Ecuador’s
embassy is mad that Julian Assange’s skateboarding habit is
ruining their floors

The Ecuadorian embassy imposed
new house rules
on Assange in October, which included cat
care, cleaning his own bathroom, and taking care of his personal
hygiene.

The WikiLeaks founder sued in response, saying that the new
rules were “violating his fundamental rights and freedoms.”
A judges aid that Assange had to obey them.


FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photo
Assange on the
balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017.

Thomson Reuters

In March, the embassy also
temporarily cut off Assange’s internet connection
 after
breaching a commitment “not to issue messages that might
interfere with other states.”

He had posted
a tweet challenging
the UK’s accusation that Russia was
responsible for the nerve
agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal
earlier
that month, and the Ecuadorian embassy said the tweet
risked damaging Ecuador’s relationship with the UK and EU.

The embassy reportedly restored the connection
in October
.

Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s
election campaign, on Tuesday
denied reports that he secretly met Assange in 2016
. The
Guardian had reported that the two men met for about 40 minutes
in March 2016.

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