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Ecuador has announced it is expelling the US ambassador in Q

Ecuador has announced it is expelling the US ambassador in Quito

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The move follows the release on Monday by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks of a US diplomatic cable alleging widespread corruption within the Ecuadorean police force.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he had asked Ambassador Heather Hodges to leave the country as soon as possible.

The US state department called the decision "unjustified" and said it deeply regretted it.

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