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Belgium: Correa rubbishes claims of Assange-led 'command post' at Ecuador embassy *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*

Belgium, Brussels
July 17, 2019 at 21:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa poured cold water on a report by CNN which claims WikiLeaks' Julian Assange had turned Ecuador's London embassy into a 'command post for election meddling.' Correa made the remarks in an interview given from Brussels on Wednesday.

The CNN report, citing 'exclusively' obtained documents, describes how Assange apparently transformed the Ecuadorian embassy into a 'command center' and orchestrated numerous disclosures that influenced the 2016 US presidential campaign. It alleges that Assange received personal deliveries to the embassy potentially of materials connected with the election.

"CNN is just doing its job, just like when they spread that fiction about weapons of mass destruction, so that people would support the outbreak of war, the invasion of Iraq, which caused the deaths of more than 100,000 civilians," said Correa.

"Now, in order to justify Assange's life sentence, his isolation, his extradition to the United States, whatever, they set the stage, arrange a show, make a fuss, claiming that Assange has created a command centre in the embassy of Ecuador," the ex-Ecuadorian president said.

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February.

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Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa poured cold water on a report by CNN which claims WikiLeaks' Julian Assange had turned Ecuador's London embassy into a 'command post for election meddling.' Correa made the remarks in an interview given from Brussels on Wednesday.

The CNN report, citing 'exclusively' obtained documents, describes how Assange apparently transformed the Ecuadorian embassy into a 'command center' and orchestrated numerous disclosures that influenced the 2016 US presidential campaign. It alleges that Assange received personal deliveries to the embassy potentially of materials connected with the election.

"CNN is just doing its job, just like when they spread that fiction about weapons of mass destruction, so that people would support the outbreak of war, the invasion of Iraq, which caused the deaths of more than 100,000 civilians," said Correa.

"Now, in order to justify Assange's life sentence, his isolation, his extradition to the United States, whatever, they set the stage, arrange a show, make a fuss, claiming that Assange has created a command centre in the embassy of Ecuador," the ex-Ecuadorian president said.

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February.

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