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Ecuador's president is threatening to close a major television channel after it aired a tape of a conversation between him and a member of the assembly that drafted a new constitution last year.

President Rafael Correa said that Teleamazonas violated regulations against taping private conversations. He warned that spying on the president "is a crime against state security."

The combative leftist leader has been at odds with news media since taking office in January 2007. Teleamazonas has been cited three times for broadcast violations and risks suspension if cited again.

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