A tweet from WikiLeaks claimed: "A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext - and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest." The whistleblower website sent a second tweet a little later, saying: "WikiLeaks now has secondary confirmation from another high level source within the Ecuadorian state."
The INA Papers are documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corporation, an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.
BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.https://t.co/adnJph79wq— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019
The emails, phone communications and expense receipts are claimed to link Moreno and his family to corrupt and criminal dealings, including money laundering and offshore accounts.
Assange has said that he fears being extradited to the US if he leaves the embassy in London. Last year, US officials said arresting him was a top priority.
BREAKING: WikiLeaks now has secondary confirmation from another high level source within the Ecuadorian state.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 5, 2019
In November 2018, it emerged that the US may have already filed charges against Assange. This came to light after portions of a complaint against him were apparently cut and pasted into a complaint against an unrelated individual, Seitu Sulayman Kokayi.
The Assange saga began when he visited Sweden in August 2010 to attend a conference to give a talk. During that visit, he had sex with two women and they later filed rape and molestation complaints against him later, claims that he denied.
He was questioned by Swedish authorities and cleared, but did not leave the country at the time.
Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest on 20 November 2010. On 27 November, Assange surrendered to authorities in the UK and appeared before a Westminster judge. He was granted bail in December after his backers provided £240,000 in cash and sureties.
A legal back-and-forth eventuated and went on until June 2012, when Swedish prosecutors sought his extradition.
Assange's lawyers, among them the world-renowned Australian Geoffrey Robertson, replied that if he agreed to the extradition request, then he could be flown to the US from there.
On 19 June 2012, he jumped bail and took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, seeking asylum in the South American country. British police surrounded the building and blocked any chance of his leaving.
Ecuador granted him asylum in August 2012. He has had to stay inside the four walls of the embassy since then. He was granted Ecuadorian citizenship by a former president of the country, Rafael Correa.