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Assange taunts ‘losing’ politician

Julian Assange was granted asylum at Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012. Picture: AFP Photo

AUSTRALIAN Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has mocked the likely loser in the Ecuadorean elections, Guillermo Lasso, over the presidential hopeful’s threat to boot Mr Assange from the country’s embassy in London.

Mr Assange took to Twitter, in Spanish and English, to invite Mr Lasso, a right-wing former banker, to leave Ecuador within 30 days.

It follows Mr Lasso’s pledge, prior to the Ecuadorean election, that he would “cordially invite Senor Assange to leave within 30 days,” if he won a mandate.

Mr Lasso is claiming electoral fraud after the results showed he would likely lose Sunday’s run off to Lenin Moreno, the anointed successor of the outgoing leftist president Rafael Correa, who granted Mr Assange asylum in the embassy in 2012.

Jarrod Sierocki

Ecuadorean presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso gives a press conference after the National Election Council’s official results show that he lost …

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