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Ecuador denounces WikiLeaks-linked plot against Moreno

AFP  |  Quito 

has said that it had identified a collaborator close to as being involved in a plot with two Russian hackers to destabilise Lenin Moreno's

The extraordinary claim by Interior at a press conference in came shortly after Moreno terminated Assange's near seven-year asylum at Ecuador's London embassy, allowing to arrest him.

"For several years now, one of the key members of this organisation and a person close to Mr has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilisation attempts against the government," Romo said on Thursday.

recently filed a formal complaint to the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, accusing of spreading private information linked to Moreno.

Photos, videos and private conversations appeared on portals such as and

Moreno was forced to deny allegations of corruption which surfaced on the website, with the claiming he knew who was responsible for the accusations.

Romo made no direct link between her claims and the recent complaint to the UN rapporteur, however.

The told reporters in the WikiLeaks collaborator had worked closely with former Ricardo Patino, who gave political asylum to Assange in 2012.

She also said the "two Russian hackers" live in Ecuador, and that their names and locations would be given to the prosecutor's office.

"We are not going to allow to become a hacking center, and we cannot allow illegal activities to take place in the country, either to harm Ecuadoran citizens or those from other countries or any "

Patino served as under Rafael Correa, a socialist former whose granted Assange diplomatic asylum in 2012.

Correa on Thursday called Moreno "the greatest traitor in Ecuadoran and Latin American history" for allowing the arrest.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 02:25 IST