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The next elected president of Ecuador may expel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from his asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. A Twitterstorm demanded they don't.
The action, led by WikiLeaks and mostly organized from Ecuador, made #ElMundoConAssange, translated as "the world stands with Assange," a trending hashtag in Ecuador.
"In the end, it was a beautiful thing — so much solidarity," said Felipe Ogaz Oviedo, who launched the campaign in Ecuador, to teleSUR.
He said that a network in Latin America and the United States came together to pull off the event and estimated that tens of thousands of tweeters participated in around 20 countries across the globe.
The Twitterstorm, besides trying to change the minds of the leading opposition candidates, was meant to challenge the "manipulation" of Assange's story — where right-wing politicians portray him as a criminal rather than a "hero for the freedom of information" — in order to gain more votes, said Ogaz.
_______ a conservative banker, said he would give Assange a month's notice before forcing him out on moral grounds.
"Ecuador had no business spending a single cent protecting someone who definitely leaked confidential information," he told reporters.
His competitor, _______, has said that the public money invested in keeping him there should be redirected "to be able to use (the money), for example, to buy lunch for my schoolchildren."
Ecuad or emphasized its decision to give asylum to Assange on the basis of his legitimate fear of political persecution “due to his journalistic activities as editor of WikiLeaks, and will continue to defend his physical integrity until he is able to reach a safe place.”
According to the ministry, the decision to restrict his access does not impede WikiLeaks from continuing its journalistic activities. Ecuador also said this decision was not made following pressures by any state.
With nearly 82 percent of the ballots counted, Moreno had just under 39 percent of the vote, with nearly 29 percent going to his conservative rival Guillermo Lasso, figures published by the National Electoral Council showed.
To avoid a runoff, Moreno needed to win a majority of the total vote, or get 40 percent while holding a 10-point lead over his nearest rival. Given the tight race, electoral authorities decided against announcing a quick count of results and instead appealed for patience as official results came in. But a count of statistically representative tally sheets nationwide by a respected private group said would Moreno finish on top with 38.8 percent to 28 percent for Lasso, with a one point margin of error....
“I have faith we’ll reach 40 percent,” he said before breaking into song. The opposition candidate showed no sign of throwing in the towel as hundreds of Lasso supporters gathered outside the National Electoral Council, saying they would remain there until a runoff was confirmed.
“We’re protesting so that there’s no fraud,” Eduardo Ponce said while police in riot gear nervously cordoned off the sometimes rowdy crowd shouting anti-Correa slogans. “Everyone I know voted for Lasso, so how can Moreno be winning?”
The early results come as one of the leading candidates threatened to revoke Assange’s asylum.