Police conducted a search on May 20 to remove personal belongings left by WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Judicial authorities from Ecuador carried out an inventory of all the belongings and digital devices left behind at the London embassy following Assange’s expulsion last month from the diplomatic compound that had been his home the past seven years.
It’s not known what devices authorities removed from the embassy or what information they contained.
The investigation comes following a request from the United States based on a legal agreement Quito and Washington entered into. Lawyers for Assange have denounced the agreement.
It came as Sweden announced it was seeking Assange’s arrest on suspicion of rape, setting up a possible future tug-of-war with the United States over any extradition of Assange from Britain.
Ecuadorian authorities said they will hand over any belongings not given to the United States or Ecuadorian investigators to Assange’s lawyers.
TODAY: Ecuador to hand over Assange’s entire legal defence to the United States.https://t.co/YHE8YC07kS
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 20, 2019
Ecuador is awaiting the results of the investigation before considering possible moves against the WikiLeaks founder for illegal activities, according to Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia.
According to Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno, Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying.
London police dragged Assange out of the embassy in April after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 20, 2019
Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno’s personal life.
Assange, 47, was arrested on April 11 after being handed over to British authorities by Ecuador. He is serving a 50-week sentence in a London prison for skipping bail while the United States seeks his extradition for conspiring to hack into military computers and spill secrets about U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Separately on Monday, Swedish authorities issued a request for a detention order against Assange.
On May 13, Swedish prosecutors reopened a preliminary investigation against Assange, who visited Sweden in 2010, because two Swedish women said they were the victims of sex crimes committed by Assange.
While a case of alleged sexual misconduct against Assange in Sweden was dropped in 2017 when the statute of limitations expired, a rape allegation remains. Swedish authorities have had to shelve it because Assange was living at the embassy at the time and there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden.
The statute of limitations in the rape case expires in August next year.
The Associated Press and The CNN Wire contributed to this report.