Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder to take legal action against Ecuador
Julian Assange is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms".
The Wikileaks co-founder has lived in its UK embassy since 2012 after seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape claim - later dropped.
He was given a set of house rules by the London embassy this week, including taking better care of his cat.
Mr Assange faces arrest for allegedly breaching bail conditions if he leaves.
Wikileaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon is in Ecuador to launch the case, which the Press Association reports is expected to be heard in court next week.
Wikileaks said the country's government had threatened to remove the protection Mr Assange has had since being granted political asylum.
It added that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off".
In a memo, it threatened to confiscate the pet if he did not look after it, it said.
The embassy did remove Mr Assange's internet connection in March, accusing him of "interfering in other countries' affairs".
However, earlier this week it said it would be partially restored.