Dating ecuador profil
“At one point, he was looking for an orthopedic doctor, and doctors were basically refusing to go in there,” Ben Griffin, a former British Special Forces soldier who volunteers as his personal trainer, told me.As a precaution, Ecuador tried to negotiate a “safe passage” by which Assange could be admitted to a hospital without compromising his diplomatic protections, but the negotiations fell through.Most visitors—even celebrity friends, like PJ Harvey and Brian Eno—meet Assange only here. I extended my right hand to shake his, and he responded by giving me his left hand, palm up, redefining the exchange on his terms.Like the rest of the Embassy, the room is small, and the windows are cloaked with drapes. On the way out, he flipped some switches on a tiny black box, and the orbs above filled the room with white noise. He was once rail thin, but, at forty-six, he is softening in the middle.There is a poster, published by the Ecuadorian ministry of foreign relations, of a tubby, grinning pre-Columbian figurine. He looked pale—one close friend described his skin as “translucent.” His hand trembled a little. Assange was wearing a red shirt, tucked into black trousers without a belt, and he seemed groggy.There are cabinets filled with books, including dusty rows of a red-bound series, “Biblioteca Ecuatoriana Mínima” (1960). Hanging above the conference table from thin rods are two curious white orbs, each about the size of a volleyball. He was fighting battles around the world; he told me that he has had a hundred and fifty lawyers work on his behalf.“It’s like living in a space shuttle,” a friend of his told me.
In many ways, the Embassy has become a surreal redoubt: a place of extreme seclusion in the center of a bustling world capital; a protective stronghold that few can enter, even though it is the target of millions of dollars’ worth of covert surveillance.Encouraged by millions of supporters, Assange has interfered with the world’s largest institutions.His releases have helped fuel democratic uprisings—notably in Tunisia, where a revolution sparked the Arab Spring—and they have been submitted as evidence in human-rights cases around the world.The easiest route to the Embassy, if you are using the London Underground, is through the Knightsbridge station, next to Harrods. Although Assange has remained in his sanctum for years, he is attuned to his immediate surroundings: real-estate ownership, the Lamborghinis parked nearby, the habits of Arab sheikhs descending on local night spots.The lane between the station and the Embassy is packed with tourists.