07 Apr '11, 1am

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WASHINGTON - THE expulsion of the US ambassador to Ecuador marks a new setback for Washington in Latin America thanks to WikiLeaks disclosures, which have already forced the exit of the US envoy in Mexico. The hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables released by the whistle-blower website since November 2010 have embarrassed the Obama administration in Latin America, prompting a diplomatic campaign by Washington to limit the damage. The assistant secretary of state for Latin America, Mr Arturo Valenzuela, who has led the effort, said earlier this year that the region's muted reaction to the scandal showed 'the renewed strength of our relations'. But in recent days the revelations have resulted in concrete damage. On Tuesday, the Ecuadoran government of President Rafael Correa ordered the expulsion of US Ambassador Heather Hodges, less than three weeks after the US amb...

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