The former president of Ecuador, Rafeal Correa, said he was aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disrupted the 2016 US presidential election from the safe haven of his country's embassy in London.
The US government seized Ecuador and expressed concern that Assange was intervening in the 2016 elections by publishing documents belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign president John Podesta and obtained by Russian agents, after which Ecuador broke his internet access.
& # 39; WikiLeaks & # 39; The justification was that they provided truthful information, & Correa said CNN. & # 39; Of course, but (it) was only about Hillary Clinton. Not about (Donald) Trump. So they didn't say the whole truth. And not all telling the truth is called manipulation. And we will not allow that. & # 39;
However, before Assange & # 39; s internet access was withdrawn, extensive monitoring reports and security logs were obtained CNN reveal how he was able to hold meetings with Russian officials, receive unrestricted personal deliveries, and support his hardware at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over the course of many months prior to the 2016 elections.
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Former Ecuadorian President Rafeal Correa (right) said he was aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) disrupted the 2016 US presidential election from the safe haven of his country's embassy in London. Assange is pictured on the left in a prison van that leaves Southwark Crown Court in London on May 1, after being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012
& # 39; We have noticed that he was involved in the elections and we will not leave that because we have principles, very clear values, because we do not want anyone to interfere in our elections & # 39 ;, Correa said. CNN. & # 39; We are not going to allow this to happen to a foreign country and a friend like the US. & # 39;
Correa, however, remained steadfast in its decision to grant asylum to Assange, who sought a safe haven for extradition to Sweden, where he would have to record allegations of sexual violence, which he has constantly denied.
Correa denied that Ecuador was involved in any way in the interference of WikiLeaks in the 2016 US presidential election.
& # 39; I am much closer to Hillary Clinton than Trump, & # 39; Correa told CNN. & # 39; I know Hillary, I admire her. I was a student in the US and received my PhD when Bill Clinton was president. Trump is an enemy of our migrants. Why the hell are we going to support him? None of this makes sense. & # 39;
Correa, however, remained steadfast in its decision to grant asylum to Assange, who sought a safe haven for extradition to Sweden, where he would have to record allegations of sexual violence, which he has constantly denied. In 2017, Assange is depicted outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London
It was not until Correa was brought to power by his former vice-president Lenín Moreno that Assange's asylum was withdrawn (shown) in April, as a result of which the British authorities removed him from the embassy by force and skipped bail in the United Kingdom
Assange, currently in jail for a year in London for transferring bail in London, is now waiting for a lengthy struggle for extradition to the US over allegations of getting leaked documents from the then US Army inspector Chelsea Manning in 2010. Assange is depicted gesturing from a British police vehicle on April 11 in London
However, only when Correa was replaced by his former vice-president Lenín Moreno, Assange's asylum was withdrawn in April, forcing the British authorities to force him from the embassy to skip bail in the UK.
Reports drawn up by UC Global, a private Spanish security company hired by the Ecuadorian government, showed that Assange had obtained potentially hacked material from Russian agents through couriers who delivered it directly to him at the embassy.
This possibility was raised by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.
The documents and the Ecuadorian embassy security logs, authenticated by an Ecuadorian intelligence officer, contain questionable timed meetings between Assange and Russian officials in the vicinity of explosive WikiLeaks document dumps.
The documents also contain detailed hardware and internet access upgrades offered to Assange by the Ecuadorian government in anticipation of the leaked emails from the Democratic National Convention and Podesta.
WikiLeaks and Assange have consistently reiterated that the source of the above-mentioned leaks is not the Russian government and it is not a state party, besides Assange denying that he works for the Kremlin.
Assange, currently in jail for a year in London for transferring bail in London, is now waiting for a lengthy struggle for extradition to the US over allegations of getting leaked documents from the then US Army inspector Chelsea Manning in 2010.
Before being removed from the embassy by the British police in April, Assange could have developed a system of special privileges there that gave him the authority to designate people who could go in without being searched.
He also had the authority to remove the names of people from the visitor's log, according to the surveillance reports.
In June 2016, visitor logs showed that Assange met at least seven times with Russians and people with ties to the Kremlin.
Two of those meetings were with the Russian national name Yana Maximova, during afternoon meetings in the embassy conference room.
Five of those meetings were with senior staffers from Russia Today (RT), a Kremlin-supported media organization with agencies around the world.
Before he was abducted by the British police from the Ecuadorian embassy in London (shown) in April, Assange could have developed a system of special privileges there that gave him authority to designate people who could enter without being searched. He also had the authority to remove the names of people from the visitor's log, according to the surveillance reports. In June 2016, visitor logs showed that Assange met at least seven times with Russians and people with ties to the Kremlin
Of the RT meetings, two were with London's office chief, Nikolay Bogachikhin. Surveillance reports showed that Bogachikhin Assange gave a USB during a last-minute meeting with the approval of the Ecuadorian ambassador.
Mueller & # 39; s report found that online persona & # 39; s Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks who publicly claimed responsibility in the spring of 2016 for hacking democratic goals and then transferred some of those files to WikiLeaks were actually created by hackers from the Russian intelligence agency, known as the GRU.
The Mueller report also found that WikiLeaks contacted Russian online persona & # 39; s on July 6 in search of & # 39; Hillary-related & # 39; data & # 39; because the (Democratic National Convention) is approaching and it will solidify bernie supporters, & # 39; in reference to the then Democratic presidential primary candidate and senator Bernie Sanders.
On July 14, 2016, the same day that hackers posing on Guccifer 2.0 sent data to WikiLeaks under the subject & # 39; large archive & # 39 ;, Assange met with German hackers Andrew Müller-Maguhn and Bernd Fix on the Ecuadorian for over four hours. embassy. security logs are displayed.
Mueller & # 39; s report had identified Müller-Maguhn as a possible Russian intermediary.
Müller-Maguhn, who appeared on RT as a guest at a show organized by Assange in 2012, has denied that he once owned the hacked material that was posted on WikiLeaks.
On July 18, when the Republican National Convention started in Cleveland, a guard from the Ecuadorian embassy left his post to collect an episode of a masked man with sunglasses and a backpack. Surveillance images showed.
The Mueller report found that same day that Russian hackers were informed by WikiLeaks that files had been received that would soon be published.
More than 20,000 files from the Democratic National Commission were dumped by WikiLeaks on July 22, revealing a preference for Hillary Clinton over Sanders, which led to so much unrest at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Philadelphia that DNC Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida forced to resign.
Surveillance data together with the security logs of the Ecuadorian embassy, both obtained by CNN and verified by an Ecuadorian intelligence official, contain questionable meetings between Assange and Russian officials in the vicinity of explosive WikiLeaks document dumps regarding the former foreign minister and the then minister Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who then – applauded republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Clinton and Trump are shown on the right during a debate in 2016
Five days later, when – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, & # 39; Russia, if you listen, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing & # 39; emails sent through Clinton's private server that had not been recovered during an investigation into its handling of confidential communications.
It was within hours of that statement that Russians were trying for the first time to hack into Clinton's office.
Later, hacker & # 39; DCLeaks & # 39 ;, who identified the Mueller report as a pseudonym for Russian, contacted WikiLeaks, according to Mueller's report, and provided additional documents with the text & # 39; you will not be disappointed , I promise, & # 39; before sending 50,000 emails from the Podesta inbox.
Mueller estimated that data may have been transferred on September 19, a day on which security logs show that Assange had met with Müller-Maguhn and that guards updated Assange computer cables at the Ecuadorian embassy.
Podesta's emails started to leak on October 7 and were published almost every day before the elections.
In at least two cases, RT published articles regarding new WikiLeaks email batches before the site even released them.
The implication of this is that the Kremlin and WikiLeaks coordinated efforts behind the scenes, which both parties denied.
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