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Ecuador’s new president might be ready to kick Julian Assange out of London embassy

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy for six years, but the country’s new president is ready to evict.

According to The Sunday Express, Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan is “said to be involved in a diplomatic effort” just weeks ahead of President Lenin Moreno’s visit.

Moreno has called Assange a “stone in the shoe” and an “inherited problem” for his administration. Former President Rafael Corra was the leader who granted Assange asylum when he fled accusations of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

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The United States has threatened to block an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan to Ecuador if Assange isn’t kicked out, a source close to Assange claimed. The IMF already gave $364 million to the country after a $3 billion earthquake shook the country in 2016.

During the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump boasted that he “loved Wikileaks” for releasing the hacked emails of John Podesta and other hacked information. It is unclear if the U.S. will continue to make such threats under Trump’s leadership.

Assange has maintained that the moment he is released from the embassy he will be arrested by the U.K. and extradited to the U.S., where he will be prosecuted for publishing classified documents.

Friday, a grand jury handed down 12 new indictments of hackers involved in the 2016 election hack of branches of Democratic Party.

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Trump ordered ‘moderate’ deployment of troops to defend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s oil: report

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President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to the Middle East, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

"President Trump has approved a 'moderate' deployment of troops to the Middle East to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against Iran, senior Pentagon leaders said in a brief news conference late Friday afternoon," Defense One reports.

"The deployment will be 'defensive in nature' and primarily concentrated on air and missile defense, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said, but provided no details about the precise number of troops to be sent," the publication reported. "Dunford said that the number would be 'not thousands.'”

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Dan Rather has advice for reporters covering ‘Trump extorting the Ukrainian government for his re-election’

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Veteran journalist Dan Rather on Friday offered advice for reporters covering the whistleblowing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

The former anchor for the CBS Evening News had also worked as the White House correspondent for CBS News during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Rather made his comments after bombshell reports in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and New York Times on Friday.

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Joe Biden demands Trump release transcript of phone call with Ukraine

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The whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump allegedly involved a phone call with Ukraine where the president sought campaign dirt against former Vice President Joe Biden, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and New York Times published on Friday.

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