A man who has connection with the Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested in Ecuador for “investigative purposes”

A person close to Wikileaks, who has been residing in Ecuador, was arrested this afternoon “when he was preparing to travel to japan” Maria Romo tweeted late Thursday.

An unnamed Ecuadorian official told press that a man named Ola Bini, a Swedish software developer living in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, was arrested as authorities attempt to dismantle a blackmail ring that had threatened to retaliate against Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

The arrest came hours after Assange, was arrested in London Embassy where he was holed up since 2012.

Ola Bini described himself as a software developer working in Quito for the Center for Digital Autonomy, a group based in Ecuador and Spain focused on privacy, security and cryptography issues. There was no mention of any affiliation with Wikileaks.

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