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Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador: official

AFP  |  Quito 

A collaborator of founder was arrested Thursday in while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country's interior said.

did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in on a US extradition request after spending seven years in the there.

Channel Teleamazonas identified him as Ola Bini, a focused on privacy, security and cryptography, but did not name its source.

Earlier Thursday, the had linked the collaborator with alleged attempts to destabilize the government of

He "has been detained simply for investigation purposes," she said, adding he had taken foreign trips with former Ecuadoran Ricardo Patino, who gave political asylum to Assange in 2012.

"We have sufficient evidence that he was collaborating in attempts to destabilize the government," she said.

Romo's announcement followed the arrest of Assange earlier Thursday.

moved in after pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012.

He had been living in the embassy, fearing arrest, but the says that Assange "repeatedly violated" the conditions of his protection.

The said Assange was being charged with a computer hacking conspiracy relating to his work with former in March 2010.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 09:25 IST