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Moreno greets residents of Latacunga, a mountain city south of Quito, in April after the inauguration of a government water program

For WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the morning of April 11 arrived as most others had over the almost seven years he’d lived as a refugee at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Granted asylum there in 2012, he was hiding from British authorities after jumping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape allegations and to the U.S. for publishing secret government documents. Australian by birth, Assange had been granted Ecuadorian citizenship and was therefore officially an Ecuadorian sleeping on Ecuadorian soil. He was untouchable.

At 9:27 a.m., police entered the embassy and arrested him. The question most have asked since is whether Assange, viewed as either a free-speech icon or a Russian-sponsored nihilist, will be extradited first to Sweden or to the U.S., where he was recently indicted on

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