Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has made no secret of his annoyance with the man he refers to a “hacker,” calling Assange “a stone in his shoe” as Ecuador seeks to restructure itself as a trusted ally of the United States.
by Elliott Gabriel
Part 5 - Correa defends his moves
Rafael Correa currently lives with his wife in her home country, Belgium. The former president has been locked in a struggle with his one-time vice president and handpicked successor, Moreno, since shortly after leaving office.
Correa dismissed the accusations as a “sensationalistic” story about routine affairs that only seeks to whip up further animus against his erstwhile administration rather than make “a serious report to find out the truth.” Speaking to The Intercept, Correa said: “Of course we provided security to Assange in the embassy … It was our duty under the law to do so. We had the U.K. government threatening to break into the embassy. We spent what amounts to a small amount of money to provide security.”
For Correa, Moreno’s sacrifice of Assange is a transparent attempt to prostrate the former “banana republic” at the feet of Washington, opening the door to imperialist “control, intervention, espionage” and the all-round submission of the country.
As Iliopoulos told Bloomberg: “Investors loved that Moreno broke with Correa the way he did, and that gave him a huge honeymoon at the start … The good will is there, but it’s not a blank check.”
Citing the Assange case and realignment of Ecuador with the U.S., Correa has no doubt: “Moreno is betraying the Citizen’s Revolution in terms of our foreign policy.”