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Privacy activist Ola Bini also says in a statement provided by his attorney that he’s being held under “the best of circumstances,” but that prison conditions are “despicable.”
“He’s sleeping on the floor without a mattress” in Quito’s overcrowded Inca Provisional Detention Center, attorney Carlos Soria said Thursday, and has not yet received a visit from a Swedish consular official a week after being arrested boarding a fight for Japan.
A judge ordered Bini held for 90 days while prosecutors prepare a case. Soria said they have presented no evidence of any wrongdoing.
Interior Minister Paula Romo originally said Bini was involved with two unnamed Russian hackers in a plot to blackmail Moreno. No details were given.
“What type of activity requires such an immense quantity of data storage on a Ecuadorian server?” she asked. “What kind of information is it? That’s part of what prosecutors and judges are going to have to define.”
Soria does not deny that Bini visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Romo earlier said he visited at least 12 times. But Soria denies Bini was a WikiLeaks collaborator and calls the charges against his client baseless.
Bini thanked supporters in his statement and said he is being held for ideological reasons – for what amounts to Orwellian “thoughtcrimes.”
Bajak reported from Boston.