April 11, 2019 / 12:37 PM / a year ago

Assange's Ecuadorean citizenship has been suspended-foreign minister

QUITO, April 11 (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s Ecuadorean citizenship has been suspended, the Andean country’s foreign minister said on Thursday, after Ecuador terminated his asylum in its London embassy.

Assange was arrested by British police and carried out of the embassy, where he had been holed up since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation.

Assange and WikiLeaks have intervened in Ecuadorean affairs and people close to him, including two Russian hackers, are living in Ecuador, the interior minister told journalists. (Reporting by Alexandra Valencia Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb Editing by Helen Murphy)

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