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Topic - Ecuadorean Government
It's a precedent-setting court case that is playing out like a soap opera. A celebrity lawyer, triumphant after winning the biggest environmental judgment in history, is in danger of causing his own downfall as he is caught on video appearing to admit to misconduct and fraud — just the latest twist in a high-stakes, decadeslong court battle over oil pollution in the Amazon rain forest.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Ecuador's ambassador over the Latin American country's decision to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum.
British police stood poised Wednesday to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should he step out of the Ecuadorean Embassy — but authorities conceded he is beyond their grasp as long as he stays inside.
The Obama administration retaliated against the leftist government of Equador Thursday by expelling Ambassador Luis Gallegos, two days after the South American nation kicked out the U.S. ambassador.
For years, the U.S. government has poured millions of dollars into Colombia's civil war and cocaine-eradication programs, sending thousands of landless peasants into the relative safety of the Ecuadorean jungle, where many have rebuilt lives one borrowed nail at a time.
Ecuadorean Ambassador Luis Gallegos says in a letter on this page that "the government of Ecuador has no stake in the outcome of the private environmental litigation." The facts show otherwise. On multiple occasions, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has weighed in against Chevron, making clear that his government has prejudged the case that claims the country suffered grave ecological damage from energy drilling performed by Texaco before the company became part of Chevron.