The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, suggested on Tuesday that his predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007-2017), financed the “espionage center” with computer equipment that the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, installed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Moreno, visiting Washington, made that accusation during a debate in the Inter-American Dialogue, a laboratory of ideas specialized in Latin America.
Asked how Assange was able to create an “espionage center” at the embassy, Moreno responded with a passage from the famous Spanish writer Francisco de Quevedo and said: “Mr. money is a Powerful gentleman, there you will find the answer to almost everything “
“There are – he added – other answers that fit with the money of another person (in reference to Correa) who was taking it from Ecuador in order to stay in power and in order to return to power and, to which, practically Mr. Assange came slavishly to provide all the information he required, including for his falsehoods.
In this way, Moreno alluded to Correa, who was the one who granted asylum to Assange and who currently resides in Belgium, which has allowed him to avoid the causes of corruption that he faces in Ecuador.
“Mr. Assange violated all the rules, he had people in the embassy who worked almost exclusively for him, to the point that he had the luxury of treating the ambassadors and treating the guards and the people of the embassy as slaves of him” , asserted the president.
In this regard, said the Australian activist had computer equipment in the embassy and often received visits from other “hackers”, including the Swedish computer scientist Ola Bini, arrested last Thursday in Ecuador for allegedly attacking digital systems of the South American country.
Moreno accused Assange for the first time of using the Ecuadorian embassy as an “espionage center” in an interview with The Guardian on Sunday.
The Ecuadorian president argued that Assange despised Ecuador and asserted: “He manifested it in practice, at the time he smeared feces on the walls of the embassy, which gave the measure of respect, of the little respect he had for the country. The least that Ecuador could do was throw him out of the embassy. “
Ecuador on April 11 withdrew political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, a refugee in his embassy in London since 2012, for violating international agreements, a special protocol of coexistence and participating in a supposed plot of institutional destabilization.
British police detained Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he was held for nearly seven years in fear of being extradited to the US, a country that claims him for the secret documents he divulged in 2010 about the wars in Iraq. and Afghanistan, among other issues. (I)