The government of Rafael Correa, first elected in 2006, has broken from the neoliberal doctrines Washington has imposed on Latin America. It has embraced regional integration, moving closer to its neighbours and further away from the US. Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show how hard the US fought to control Ecuador's future post-Gutierrez. They show a key element of US efforts to control Ecuador s political and economic direction in the post-Gutierrez years was the US Embassy s "democracy promotion" activity.
Hundreds of Ecuadorians have marched in support of their government's decision to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum. Ecuador has expressed outrage at the British government's suggestion, later withdrawn, that police could enter the country's London embassy, where Assange has taken refuge, to seize him
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appeared in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago, addressing supporters from a balcony. Assange, who sought shelter inside the nation's mission on June 19, was on Thursday granted asylum by Ecuador as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.