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Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US elections from the London Embassy

"We noticed that he was bothering in the election and we do not allow it because we have principles, very clear values, because we would not want anyone to disturb us in the election," he said. "We will not allow it to happen to a foreign country and a friend like the United States."

Correa granted asylum 2012 to Assange, who took refuge in the country's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden about allegations of sexual abuse, which he denies. Correa pushed its power to anti-US vitriol and adapted to Assange after WikiLeaks published highly-rated Pentagon material.

Correa comments came one day after CNN published an exclusive report on monitoring reports describing how Assange transformed the Ecuadorian embassy into a command center and orchestrated a series of harmful revelations that guarded the presidential campaign in 201
6 in the United States.

The report quoted hundreds of surveillance documents describing Assange's time in the embassy. The documents describe how Assange met Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments and acquired powerful new computer and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just a few weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked material from Russian operators.

"The WikiLeaks motivation was that they provided truthful information," Correa told CNN. "Certainly, but it was only about Hillary Clinton. Not about (Donald) Trump. So, they didn't say the whole truth. And not to say that all truths are called manipulation. And we won't allow that.

WikiLeaks didn't answer on several requests for comments regarding exclusive CNN reporting. Assange lawyers refused to comment.

In the interview on Tuesday morning, Correa from Assange abstained, even though he constantly defended his decision to grant Wikileaks founder in 2012.

" You know how many times I've talked to Assange? Never. "I don't know him," said Correa. "Once he interviewed me when he worked for Russia today, via Skype."

Before arriving at the embassy in 2012, Assange hosted a short-lived program at RT, an English-language television network that was ruled by the Kremlin. In the RT interview, Correa explained how he admired the American people but had problems with US foreign policy.

Correa was president of Ecuador from 2007 to 2017 and named himself a leading American antagonist in Latin America, in the form of late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

The Wikileaks information undermined Clinton while she was trying to consolidate her liberal base as she aimed the democratic nomination. They also gave Trump an annuity when his campaign was on the verge of collapse in October 2016 after the "Access Hollywood" band came out.
Despite Correa's opposition to US politics, he rejected the idea that his government was working with Assange to help Trump win. The Kremlin's involvement in US elections – aided by WikiLeaks – was designed to get Trump elected, according to US intelligence services. Assange denies that he was working on behalf of the Kremlin.

"I'm far closer to Hillary Clinton than Trump," Correa told CNN. "I know Hillary, I admire her. I was a US student who did a PhD when Bill Clinton was (president). Trump is an enemy to our immigrants. Why the hell will we support him? Know."

CNN reported on Monday that, in the wake of the e-mail dump in October 2016, addressed to Clinton campaign president John Podesta, US concern with Ecuador raised that Assange used his embassy to help the Russian election. Shortly thereafter, the embassy sent Assange's internet and telephone service.

But in the interview, Correa did not indicate that the US repetition broke that decision and he personally refused to receive a warning from US officials about Assange before the 2016 election.

The former Ecuadorian leader also said it was "nonsense" that Assange was "the boss of the embassy" and played out Assange's influence. The monitoring reports obtained by CNN described in detail how Assange's power competed with that of the Ambassador and Assange using his relations with senior officials in Ecuador to threaten diplomats and guards at the London Embassy.

Correa was succeeded by Lenín Moreno, a close ally who has been vice president for more than six years. But after Moreno was elected, he turned quickly to Correa and began repenting many of his policies, including his support for Assange. Moreno recalled Assange's asylum in April, paving the way for the British police to remove him from the embassy.
When it happened, Correa said Moreno was "the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history" and said that Moreno's decision was "a crime that humanity will never forget".

CNN's Patricia Ramos contributed to this story.

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