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To the leftist leader, Australian-born Julian Assange is a truth-teller who deserves praise and protection as he knocks down the walls of government secrets. Correa has even offered asylum to the founder of the website Wikileaks and sheltered him for the past month inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London from arrest on sex crime allegations.

Journalist Cesar Ricaurte, however, is another story for the 49-year-old president.

Correa has been fighting a running battle with Ricaurte, head of the country’s main press freedom organization Fundamedios, and calling him a tool of the opposition media and the U.S. government.

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