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Thu May 17, 2018, 08:55 AM

Ecuador's former president defends spy operation to protect Julian Assange

Source: The Guardian

Ecuador's former president defends spy operation to protect Julian Assange

Rafael Correa criticized the Guardian’s story, which has prompted debate about Ecuador’s spending on the WikiLeaks founder

Dan Collyns in Lima
Wed 16 May 2018 23.47 BST Last modified on Thu 17 May 2018 13.47 BST

The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa has defended a multi-million dollar spy operation to protect Julian Assange in the country’s London embassy after an investigation by the Guardian revealed that his government had employed an international security company and undercover agents during much of the Australian’s six-year stay.

Correa, who was president of Ecuador between 2007 and 2017, called the Guardian’s “Operation Hotel” story “sensationalistic” and said the embassy security measures were “routine and modest” in an interview with the Intercept .

“When we have special security, we hire private security firms to provide it. There is nothing unusual about this. It would have been a violation of our duties if we did not,” he told the website.

Correa, who now lives in his wife’s home country of Belgium, claimed Ecuador’s current government was not allowing the WikiLeaks founder to receive visitors, a move he criticised, describing it as a form of “torture” and a violation of the country’s duty to protect Assange’s wellbeing and safety.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/16/julian-assange-operation-hotel-rafael-correa-ecuador-responds

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Thu May 17, 2018, 10:29 AM

1. I think Assange will be shown the door soon

Fish and visitors stink after three days, and Julian has been stinking up the place for years now.

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