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Ecuador revokes credentials of Ambassador to UK

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno revoked the credentials of his British ambassador, Carlos Abad Ortiz

Nov 23


Ecuador has removed a UK ambassador who had been negotiating Julian Assange's fate at the London embassy.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno is now said to have terminated the credentials of his British ambassador, Carlos Abad Ortiz, according to a decree published on Wednesday.

The envoy has been a key part of negotiations over the 47-year-old whistleblower, who was behind a massive dump of classified US documents in 2010. The decree does not say why Ortiz, ambassador to the UK since 2015, has been recalled or who his successor will be.

Assange, 47, has resided in the Ecuadorian Embassy under a grant of asylum for more than six years to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he was accused of sex crimes, or to the United States, whose government he has repeatedly humbled with mass disclosures of classified information.

The Australian was once a welcome guest at the embassy, which takes up part of the ground floor of a stucco-fronted apartment in London's posh Knightsbridge neighborhood.