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After years of giving refuge, Ecuador suspends Assange's citizenship

After years of giving refuge, Ecuador suspends Assange's citizenshipA bearded and frail-looking Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after Ecuador terminated his asylum at its London embassy, where he had lived since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation. Assange’s Ecuadorean citizenship was suspended on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jose Valencia told reporters. To some, Australian-born Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power and for championing free speech.



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Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador: official

Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador: officialA collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country’s interior minister said. Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in London on a US extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadoran embassy there. Channel Teleamazonas identified him as Ola Bini, a software developer focused on privacy, security and cryptography, but did not name its source.



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Cryptographer close to Assange arrested for attempting to 'destabalise' Ecuador

Cryptographer close to Assange arrested for attempting to 'destabalise' EcuadorA suspected collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to 'travel' to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said. Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in London on a US extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadoran embassy there. Channel Teleamazonas identified him as Ola Bini, a software developer focused on privacy, security and cryptography, but did not name its source. Earlier on Thursday, the minister had linked the suspected collaborator with alleged attempts to destabilize the government of President Lenin Moreno. He "has been detained simply for investigation purposes," she said, adding he had taken foreign trips with former Ecuadoran foreign minister Ricardo Patino, who gave political asylum to Assange in 2012. "We have sufficient evidence that he was collaborating in attempts to destabilize the government," she said. Romo's announcement followed the arrest of Assange earlier Thursday. British police moved in after Ecuador pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012. He had been living in the embassy, fearing arrest, but the Ecuadoran government says that Assange "repeatedly violated" the conditions of his protection. The US Justice Department said Assange was being charged with a computer hacking conspiracy relating to his work with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in March 2010.



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Ecuador turns WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over to UK police after six years of asylum

Ecuador turns WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over to UK police after six years of asylumLondon police on Thursday arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of US authorities after Ecuador announced that it would be withdrawing his asylum. Assange spent more than six years inside Ecuador's embassy in London in order to avoid police.Ecuador president Lenin Moreno announced on Twitter that the country would no longer assist Assange:https://twitter.com/Lenin/status/1116271659512684544"Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially, the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable," Moreno stated. "Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012."Moreno went on to explain in detail what led to the decision to turn Assange over to the authorities:> The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange: He installed electronic and distortion equipment not allowed. He blocked the security cameras of the Ecuadorian Mission in London. He has confronted and mistreated guards. He had accessed the security files of our Embassy without permission. He claimed to be isolated and rejected the internet connection offered by the embassy, and yet he had a mobile phone with which he communicated with the outside world.Moreno also explained that a recent WikiLeaks action, the Vatican documents leak from January, was what convinced Ecuador that Assange was still involved with WikiLeaks, and thus interfering in internal affairs of other nations. A video showing the moment Assange was escorted out of the embassy, in handcuffs, was posted on Twitter:https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1116283158943666176The US government, meanwhile, has charged Assange with conspiracy to hack a government computer, The New York Times reports, with the criminal complaint having been unsealed in the hours following his arrest. Assange will have the right to contest the extradition request in British courts.



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Ecuador Rejects WikiLeaks Claims That It Plans to Expel Assange

Ecuador Rejects WikiLeaks Claims That It Plans to Expel AssangeIn a statement Friday evening, Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry denied it has an agreement with the U.K. about Assange’s arrest. WikiLeaks said earlier on Twitter that Ecuador was about to expel its founder within “hours to days,” citing what it called a high level source within the Ecuadorian government.



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Venezuela's Guaido says he will return home after Ecuador visit

Venezuela's Guaido says he will return home after Ecuador visitGuaido has spent the past few days touring between Latin American countries to muster support for his campaign to form a transition government and oust Maduro, whom he denounces as an illegitimate usurper. “As for the next steps for Venezuelans, I announce my return home from Ecuador,” Guaido told a news conference in the coastal town of Salinas alongside Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. Guaido did not say when exactly or how he would return to Venezuela.



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Venezuela's Guaido, in Ecuador, says next stop is home

Venezuela's Guaido, in Ecuador, says next stop is homeQUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday said he will go home after concluding a visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the government that he is trying to force from power.



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WikiLeaks' Assange says Ecuador seeking to end his asylum

WikiLeaks' Assange says Ecuador seeking to end his asylumDuring the hearing, Assange said the new rules were a sign Ecuador was trying to push him out, and said Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had already decided to end his asylum but had not yet officially given the order. “If Mr. Assange wants to stay and he follows the rules … he can stay at the embassy as long as he wants,” said Attorney General Inigo Salvador, adding that Assange’s stay had cost the country $ 6 million. Foreign Minister Jose Valencia declined to comment on Assange’s assertion that Ecuador sought to hand him over to the United States.



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Court scraps multibillion-dollar Ecuador damages against Chevron

Court scraps multibillion-dollar Ecuador damages against ChevronAn appeals court in The Hague has cancelled $ 9.5 billion in damages handed down by an Ecuadoran court against American energy giant Chevron for causing oil pollution in the Amazon jungle, Quito said Friday. The original ruling dates back to 2011 and was twice upheld on appeal in Ecuador, but Chevron took its protest to The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, claiming it had already been exonerated of any wrongdoing. The Dutch court decided Ecuador was guilty of “denial of justice” and ordered it to annul its sentence against Chevron, Ecuador’s public prosecutor Inigo Salvador said.



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Court scraps multi-billion-dollar Ecuador damages against Chevron

Court scraps multi-billion-dollar Ecuador damages against ChevronAn appeals court in The Hague cancelled $ 9.5 billion in damages handed down by an Ecuadoran court against American energy giant Chevron for causing oil pollution in the Amazon jungle, Ecuador’s public prosecutor said Friday. The original ruling dates back to 2011 and was twice upheld on appeal in Ecuador, but Chevron took its protest to The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, claiming it had already been exonerated of any wrongdoing.



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