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US Did Pressure Ecuador About Assange: Report

But the State Dept. denies it

(Newser) - Ecuador may be claiming its decision to cut Julian Assange's internet was all its own , but that's not the story some US officials are telling. Intelligence sources tell NBC News that the US government quietly communicated to Ecuador that Assange is tied up with Russian hacking—officials say... More »

Ecuador: We Have 'Temporarily Restricted' Assange's Internet

It doesn't want him interfering with foreign elections, such as the US'

(Newser) - Ecuador's government has acknowledged that it has "temporarily restricted" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published documents from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, the AP reports. The foreign ministry in a statement Tuesday said that while it stands... More »

WikiLeaks Says Who Cut Assange's Internet, but Not Why

Says Ecuador turned it off after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches

(Newser) - Things appear to be getting tense between Julian Assange and the Ecuadorian Embassy where he's been holed up since 2012. WikiLeaks—which sparked rumors of Assange's death with odd "dead man's switch tweets" Sunday — tweeted Monday that Ecuador had cut off Assange's internet on... More »

Sweden to Grill Assange Within 'Weeks'

Assange's defense team says it welcomes the move

(Newser) - Ecuador says it's ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange —a potential breakthrough in the years-long international impasse over the WikiLeaks founder, reports the AP . Assange is wanted for questioning by Swedish police over a rape allegation stemming from his visit to the... More »

Hundreds Dead as Biggest Quake Since '79 Hits Ecuador

And 1.5K injured as 7.8 temblor rattles Andean nation, leveling 'entire town'

(Newser) - The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. As rescue workers rushed in, officials said the damage stretched for hundreds of miles. The magnitude-7.8 quake was centered on Ecuador's sparsely... More »

Sloth Tries to Cross Road, Gets Save From Cop

Ecuadorian adventurer was in the wrong place at the wrong time

(Newser) - We all feel a little sluggish on Mondays, but the struggle was real for this sloth trying to cross a newly opened highway in Ecuador. Per Jalopnik , a transit cop found the creature—referred to locally as an "oso perezoso," or "lazy bear," WLS-TV notes—terrified... More »

London Cops End $18M Wait for Assange

Police say they've spent almost $18M waiting for WikiLeaks founder to emerge

(Newser) - London cops have been staking out the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day for three years, waiting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to venture out. That wait ended Monday as Metropolitan Police finally pulled the plug, noting in a statement that it was "no longer proportionate to commit officers... More »

Assange's Embassy Escape Plans Revealed

Ecuadoreans suggested fancy dress

(Newser) - Julian Assange is now in his fourth year of living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, and leaked documents reveal that the WikiLeaks founder hasn't been the easiest guest—and that diplomats were working on creative ways to get rid of him. The documents show that as embassy staff... More »

Why Amazon Villagers Sent 10-Year-Old Boy to America

Hugo Lucitante grew up with burden of saving his people

(Newser) - You may not notice Hugo Lucitante: He's a guy working odd jobs in Seattle, at places like Chipotle or a used CD store, while attending community college courses. But he's also on a mission to save an Amazonian village that he once called home, California Sunday Magazine reports.... More »

Family Rains Cash on Dems, Immigration Breaks Ensue

Travel ban on Estefania Isaias is dropped

(Newser) - Estefania Isaias was banned from entering the US after getting illegal visas for her maids—a ban that was lifted right around the time the Isaias family donated tens of thousands of dollars to President Obama's campaign, the New York Times reports. The family has given vast sums to... More »

A Meatball Wins Stray Dog's Love—and Unreal Devotion

Arthur captures hearts of Swedish racers he doggedly follows

(Newser) - If anyone has something to be thankful about this holiday week, it's a stray dog from Ecuador. Earlier this month, Arthur met up with a team of Swedish athletes competing in a 430-mile endurance race in the Amazon rainforest; he graciously accepted a meatball from Peak Performance member Mikael... More »

Assange: I'm Leaving Embassy 'Soon'

He says 2 years inside has taken toll on health

(Newser) - After more than two years holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, Julian Assange says he will be leaving "soon." In a press conference today—which the Guardian says left people "more flummoxed than enlightened"—the WikiLeaks founder confirmed rumors that he would be departing soon... More »

Ecuador Volcano Erupts

Tungurahua spews huge column of ash

(Newser) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has spewed a 6-mile column of ash after a powerful, five-minute explosion. Ecuador's geophysics institute said yesterday's blast occurred at 6:10pm local time and was followed by a second, four-minute explosion and five lesser tremors. The 16,480-foot volcano, which lies in the... More »

Bezos Airlifted Out of Galapagos

Amazon founder hit by kidney stones on New Year's vacation

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos has a rating for his New Year's Day 2014: "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," the Amazon founder says in a statement, addressing reports that he had to be airlifted off a cruise ship by the Ecuadorian navy on the first of the year... More »

Ecuador: Our UK Embassy Was Bugged

'Spy microphone' found weeks ago: foreign minister

(Newser) - More news on the surveillance front—and in a twist, the target is a building housing one of the world's most notorious leakers. Ecuador says it found a "spy microphone" in its embassy, where Julian Assange has been living for more than a year. The country has asked... More »

Snowden Breaks Silence: Obama 'Using Citizenship as a Weapon'

Publishes first public statement from Moscow

(Newser) - Following a week of silence since he left Hong Kong, Edward Snowden has published a public statement from Moscow, thanking friends and supporters for their help, and accusing Obama of pressuring other leaders to deny him asylum and "using citizenship as a weapon." In the letter published on... More »

Putin: Snowden Can Stay If...

...he stops 'harming our US partners'

(Newser) - Forget Ecuador ; Vladimir Putin says Edward Snowden can stay in Russia if he's so inclined—on one condition. "If he wants to remain here he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners," he said at a news conference, according to RT . "As odd... More »

Ecuador: Snowden 'Not in Our Hands'

Correa backs farther away, says London consul made 'serious error'

(Newser) - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is "under the care of Russian authorities" and can't leave Moscow's international airport without his US passport. In an interview with the AP this morning, Correa said he had no idea Snowden's intended destination... More »

Ecuador Starts to Back Away From Snowden, Assange

Its ambassador to the US knocks appearance of Assange 'running the show'

(Newser) - The helping hand Julian Assange is lending to Edward Snowden might be turning into more of a chokehold: The Guardian reports that leaked diplomatic correspondence out of Ecuador shows that President Rafael Correa is somewhat cooling to Snowden's plight and growing weary of Assange. Ecuador's ambassador to the... More »

Ecuador to US: We Won't Cave Over Snowden

No decision yet, but President Correa cites 'threats, insolence' from Washington

(Newser) - Ecuador is holding firm in its decision to consider Edward Snowden's bid for asylum in the country, and it won't let the US change its mind, President Rafael Correa says. Referring to trade benefits the US provides Ecuador, Correa says: "In the face of threats, insolence, and... More »

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