Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, clean bathroom, look after the cat

Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Britain

Ecuador partly restores internet access for WikiLeaks founder Assange

He may only access the Internet and make calls using the embassy's Wi-Fi, the memo says.

Visitation is greatly restricted by comparison to previous arrangements. All regular and occasional visitors will need to present a slew of information, including their personal identification numbers, their social media affiliations, motives for visiting and they'll have to declare all their electronics they may carry into the embassy before being able to enter.

For example, the document ordered Assange to keep the bathroom clean and warned that his pet cat would be confiscated and taken to an animal shelter if he did not look after it.

The Ecuadorian government threatens to end Assange's asylum should he fail to comply with the protocol, which appears to have been granted on October 13. WikiLeaks recently announced that one of his long-time associates, Kristin Hrafnsson, had taken over from him as WikiLeaks editor-in-chief.

However, other rules deal with far more humdrum aspects of the tenant-landlord relationship, offering an insight into the Wikileaks' founder's life inside the embassy.

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Signs of friction between diplomats and their long-term houseguest - who has been living in the embassy since 2012 - emerged in March, when Assange's internet access was suspended on the grounds that he had been using it to "interfer [e] in other countries' affairs".

While denying the allegations, Assange said that he feared an extradition to Sweden would result in an extradition to the U.S. The Justice Department has been investigating WikiLeaks since 2010 over his organization's publishing of the thousands of files stolen by former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret USA military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

An Assange spokesman said his communications have been only partially restored.

"It is positive that through United Nations intervention Ecuador has partly ended the isolation of Mr Assange", Hrafnsson said in a statement.

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