The United States has expelled Ecuador's ambassador in retaliation for kicking the U.S. envoy out of its country earlier in the week, Fox News confirms.
Ecuadorian ambassador Luis Gallegos was summoned to the State Department on Thursday and informed of the decision. The move comes after Ecuador expelled U.S. ambassador Heather Hodges over her allegations of corruption in Ecuador, which were contained in documents released by the WikiLeaks website.
A State Department official told Fox News the "unjustified action" left the United States with no other option than to order Gallegos to leave.
Another official said high-level U.S.-Ecuador talks set for June will also be cancelled.
U.S. expulsion of foreign diplomats is a harsh step generally only taken in retaliation for action against U.S. diplomats, or when a foreign diplomat is accused of abusing his or her diplomatic status in the United States.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.