The “closeness” of a career officer of Ecuadorian diplomacy with the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, during his stay at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, is the latest setback known in the relationship between Ecuador and the Australian nationalized Ecuadorian, who has been asylum in the diplomatic headquarters since 2012.
The “personal relationship” of the former official with Assange determined his departure from the Embassy, as confirmed by Foreign Minister José Valencia, without giving many clues as to what kind of relationship or work was carried out by the former diplomat for Assange. “The personnel of the diplomatic headquarters were changed because we have found issues that were not the most appropriate,” the minister said.
“We hired him and we paid him as an official of the Embassy and he worked very closely with him (Assange) and that is not correct. Officials of the Embassy – of any Embassy not only of that – must respond exclusively to the Ecuadorian State. For that they are sent by the Ecuadorian State and not to represent the interests of others, “the diplomat continued.
In spite of the insistence on knowing the name of the aforementioned official, Valencia did not want to advance his identity and affirmed that it is part of the work that the Foreign Ministry is doing.
However, he commented that something that is strange to them is that Assange refused to give him the Wi-Fi password so he can communicate with his relatives, “but we have reports that he does have access to the Internet. That will be determined by the investigations that will be carried out. “
In the corridors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they began to name the official to whom Chancellor Valencia referred, and this situation was related to one of the first members of the Embassy who received Assange seven years ago and who has defended the founder of Wikileaks in interviews with international media.
The only thing that Valencia made clear is that it was not the ambassador Carlos Abad, who was in charge of the diplomatic headquarters since 2015.
On the asylum situation of Assange at the Embassy, Foreign Minister Valencia reiterated his words of last week and Ecuador will make a decision “at the moment that considers it appropriate” and that the two alternatives are the obvious ones: that the protection or that your situation is reviewed.
Last week, Valencia went to deny rumors, considered insulting by the Foreign Ministry, in response to the publication made by Wikileaks on Twitter, where he mentioned that “in hours or days”, Julian Assange would be delivered to the British authorities by Ecuador.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Valencia, confirmed that Julian Assange maintains three lawsuits against the Ecuadorian State.
On October 13, 2018, the government activated a protocol to regulate the stay and stay of Assange in the Embassy where he has been since 2012.
For the Government, the dissemination of photos and videos of the family life of President Lenin Moreno come from the WikiLeaks portal, founded by Assange. (I)