Did Western media and government hypocrisy bring about Julian Assange’s arrest, or was it his bad manners?

The dramatic end to Julian Assange’s asylum has sparked curiosity about his 7-year stay inside Ecuador’s embassy in London that was marked by his late-night skateboarding, the physical harassment of his caretakers and even the smearing of his own fecal matter on the walls of the diplomatic mission.

It would’ve tested the patience of any host. But for tiny Ecuador, which spent almost $1 million a year protecting Assange, it was also seen as a national insult.

An external shot of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
An external shot of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

President Lenin Moreno called the WikiLeaks founder a “spoiled brat” in a fiery speech Thursday explaining his decision to withdraw protection of Assange and hand him over to British police.

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy to address waiting supporters and media in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy to address waiting supporters and media in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno rests his face in his hands during the inauguration of the
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno rests his face in his hands during the inauguration of the “Agua Para Todos” or “Water for Everyone” government program, in Latacunga, Ecuador, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Brussels, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Brussels, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia talks to reporters regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside his ministry office in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia talks to reporters regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside his ministry office in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
A woman holds up the Spanish message:
A woman holds up the Spanish message: “I’m a terrorist for telling the truth,” during a protest against the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Foreign Ministry in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan, right, and Ecuadorian Ambassador Jaime Marchan talk to the media in London, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police, Thursday April 11, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan, right, and Ecuadorian Ambassador Jaime Marchan talk to the media in London, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police, Thursday April 11, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia leaves after a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia leaves after a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador's Interior Minister Paula Romo leaves after a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador’s Interior Minister Paula Romo leaves after a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador's Minister of Interior Paula Romo speak during a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador’s Minister of Interior Paula Romo speak during a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia speaks during a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia speaks during a press conference Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador, on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by police in London. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
A protester demonstrating in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard outside Westminster magistrates court where he was appearing in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A protester demonstrating in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard outside Westminster magistrates court where he was appearing in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police carry WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (@DailyDOOH/PA via AP)
Police carry WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (@DailyDOOH/PA via AP)
Police carry WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (@DailyDOOH/PA via AP)
Police carry WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. (@DailyDOOH/PA via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, surrounded by British police, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, makes a statement to the media and supporters from a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, surrounded by British police, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, makes a statement to the media and supporters from a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

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