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Ecuadorean Judge Orders Release of Detained Internet Activist Ola Bini

HeadlineJun 21, 2019

An Ecuadorean judge has ordered the release of Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini after over two months in jail. But Bini remains under investigation for allegedly hacking the Ecuadorean government and has been barred from leaving the country. Bini is a friend of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and was arrested in Quito on the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Bini briefly spoke on Thursday after the court hearing, before being removed by authorities.

Ola Bini: “I am not free. I’m out of prison tomorrow, but I’m not free as long as this illegitimate investigation is going on. As long as this illegal persecution is going on, I am not going to be free. But we will prove—we will prove my innocence, and this will be over. And they’re trying to censor me. They’re trying to stop me from talking to the press.”

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