Dan Collyns, a British multimedia journalist based in Lima, Peru, is a regular correspondent for The Guardian. (May 2019)

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Why Assange and Ecuador Fell Out

Julian Assange on his way to court following his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy, London, England, April 11, 2019

With the tide of left-populism now at a low ebb in Latin America, only Bolivia and Venezuela condemned Ecuador’s ejection of Assange and his arrest. Meanwhile, President Lenín Moreno’s government last month signed a $4.2 billion loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund as Ecuador struggles with mounting national debt. Assange’s expulsion may briefly boost Moreno’s flagging approval ratings, which polls show steadily slipping this past year. Given the shifting geopolitics of the region, this outcome was probably inevitable. But was Assange also his own worst enemy?