Dozens were gathered outside the prison waiting for news of loved ones, who many said they had not heard from since Friday afternoon.
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was careful to ensure that the names of informants in hundreds of thousands of leaked secret US government documents were never published.
Convict Shai Dahan, 38, was found lifeless in his cell at Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil by officers during a riot.
The donation was made by the Israeli Embassy in Ecuador, and was given to Jorge Yunda, mayor of Ecuador's capital city, Quito.
It is unclear why they had the fake passports or if they were affiliated with Iran's intelligence services.