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In the 11th paragraph of a 12 paragraph statement, Mrs. Clinton said she also “raised concerns about human rights.”

WORRIED ABOUT ASYLUM

Ecuador’s ambassador in Washington is worried that her country’s strained relations with the United States could worsen if her South American nation grants political asylum to the man who released thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.

Ambassador Nathalie Cely told a radio station in the capital, Quito, that some U.S. groups already are trying to “disparage [Ecuador] in the eyes of U.S. business leaders and policymakers” over its support of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London last month to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex-abuse charges.

“Giving asylum to Assange would be used as ammunition to attack the country,” she said in an interview Monday with Radio Majestad.

Ecuador’s leftist president, Rafael Correa, has been a frequent critic of the U.S. and has allied with anti-American leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

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