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US expels Ecuador ambassador in tit-for-tat move

The United States on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington in a tit-for-tat move after the US envoy to Quito was told to leave over a leaked diplomatic cable.

Ecuador on Tuesday ordered US Ambassador Heather Hodges out of the country in a row over a leaked diplomatic cable which quoted her as saying President Rafael Correa knowingly appointed a corrupt chief of police.

The row comes nearly a year after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Ecuador’s leftist Correa in Quito as part of efforts to drive a wedge between him and Venezuela’s anti-American firebrand Hugo Chavez.

From AFP

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