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Ecuador hands over Wikileaks founder’s belongings

Ecuador has started giving the US some of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s possessions left behind following his stay in its London embassy.

Foreign Minister José Valencia authorised the seizure of Mr. Assange’s equipment earlier this month.

The material includes manuscripts, legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment.

The Wikileaks founder’s lawyer called the move “a flagrant violation” and “completely unprecedented in the history of asylum”.

Last week, the Ecuadorean foreign minister said the decision to share Mr. Assange’s items with US authorities should be taken by the prosecutor’s office.

Washington is seeking Assange’s extradition from the UK over his alleged role in the release of classified military and diplomatic material by Wikileaks in 2010.

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