President says Assange used embassy for spying
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