Pres­i­dent says As­sange used em­bassy for spy­ing

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QUITO, Ecuador – The pres­i­dent of Ecuador has ac­cused Ju­lian As­sange of us­ing its em­bassy in Lon­don as a “cen­ter for spy­ing.”

In an in­ter­view with the Guardian, Lenín Moreno ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the Wik­iLeaks founder, who had been pro­vided asy­lum by Ecuador since 2012. On Thurs­day, the coun­try re­voked that asy­lum, lead­ing to As­sange’s ar­rest by Bri­tish po­lice on a U.S. hack­ing charge.

The al­le­ga­tions ap­pear to stem in part from a batch of leaked per­sonal pho­tos of Moreno and his fam­ily that ap­peared last month on an anony­mous web­site. Moreno blamed Wik­iLeaks for the re­lease of the pho­tos, the New York Times re­ported.

A set of anony­mous doc­u­ments known as the INA Pa­pers also was re­leased this year, the Daily Beast re­ports, and al­leged that Moreno ben­e­fited from a cor­rupt deal with a Chi­nese firm. Wik­iLeaks has de­nied in­volve­ment with the anony­mous site or the hack­ing.

– Tri­bune News

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