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Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister

Apr. 19, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian judge has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, highlighting political tensions in the country that evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the country's London embassy. Ricardo Patiño said in a video message on social media that he's being...

Assange friend jailed by Ecuador says case will collapse

Apr. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's confident the allegations that have him jailed in Ecuador lack substance and "will collapse." Privacy activist Ola Bini also says in a statement provided by his attorney that he's being held under "the best...

Moreno: Assange used to coordinate hackers from the embassy

Apr. 16, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ecuador's president on Tuesday accused Julian Assange of hosting numerous hackers at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to give them directions on how to propagate information on topics important to the WikiLeaks founder and his financiers. President Lenin Moreno said that Swedish...

Parents of Swedish coder held by Ecuador say he is innocent

Apr. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The parents of a Swedish programmer suspected of plotting to blackmail Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno over his abandonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made an anxious plea Tuesday for authorities to release their son. Dag Gustafsson acknowledged that his son, Ola Bini, had...

Ecuador rejects claims that Assange was treated unfairly

Apr. 15, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ecuador said Monday that it was not unfairly targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when it revoked his asylum last week. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister José Valencia said Assange's behavior was "undeserving, disrespectful" and he pointed to a video published by the newspaper El...

Lawyer alleges Ecuador spread lies about WikiLeaks founder

Apr. 14, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange alleged Sunday that Ecuador's government has spread lies about his behavior inside its embassy in London, where Assange sought asylum in 2012. The Latin American country has claimed Assange actions deteriorated before his arrest Thursday...

UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange

Apr. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him. There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation...

Ace Swedish coder held by Ecuador was defender of Assange

Apr. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An ace Swedish programmer who was an early, ardent supporter of WikiLeaks has been arrested in Ecuador in an alleged plot to blackmail the country's president over his abandonment of Julian Assange. But friends of Ola Bini say the soft-spoken encryption expert is being unfairly...

Facebook blocks page of ex-Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa

Apr. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Facebook has blocked the page of former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in what the firebrand leader is lambasting as part of a "brutal persecution." The page where Correa posted messages to his followers disappeared Thursday. When asked about the page's removal, a Facebook...

The Latest: WikiLeaks editor says Assange in a London prison

Apr. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's arrest (all times local): 7:30 p.m. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has told The Associated Press that Julian Assange is confined to a cell at Belmarsh Prison, a grim facility in southeast London. He said conditions at the...