Julian Assange. File photo
Julian Assange is suing Ecuador's government for violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms", despite the fact he is still being protected from arrest in the country's UK embassy.
WikiLeaks made the announcement just days after it emerged Ecuador has set new house rules for Mr Assange, including a ban on the 47-year-old making political statements and an order that he take better care of his cat.
An internal memo revealed Mr Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s UK embassy since 2012, was also told to clean the bathroom.
To keep access to the internet, he has been ordered to refrain from activities “that could prejudice Ecuador’s good relations with other states”, the nine-page document said.
The transparency activist sought sanctuary in the embassy six years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about rape allegations. Although the investigation was dropped last year, Mr Assange still faces a UK charge for skipping bail.
Mr Assange fears he may be deported to the US over WikiLeaks’ release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.