Julian Assange was Ecuador’s guest of honor. Until he wore out his welcome

October 19, 2016 4:34 PM

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Julian Assange was Ecuador’s guest of honor. Until he wore out his welcome

Ecuador treated Julian Assange like a trophy in 2012 when it opened the doors of its London embassy to the WikiLeaks founder, sheltering him from extradition to Sweden over rape allegations and, possibly, to the United States.

Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftist president, seemed to bask in Assange’s bad-boy glow, which gave the small South American nation a big role in a global drama. Protecting the WikiLeaks editor also gave Correa a way to poke Washington in the eye and look like a champion for press freedom even as he cr...

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