As­sange’s in­ter­net cut by ‘state party’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

WIK­ILEAKS claimed Ecuador cut the in­ter­net con­nec­tion of its founder Ju­lian As­sange, who is stay­ing at the coun­try’s em­bassy in Lon­don, claim­ing the move was in re­sponse to the group’s pub­li­ca­tion of doc­u­ments re­lated to US pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“We can con­firm Ecuador cut off As­sange’s in­ter­net ac­cess on Satur­day, shortly af­ter pub­li­ca­tion of Clin­ton’s Gold­man Sachs speeches,” Wik­iLeaks said on Twit­ter.

The anti-se­crecy web­site had pre­vi­ously said the in­ter­net con­nec­tion had been “in­ten­tion­ally sev­ered by a state party” in re­sponse to the Clin­ton leaks.

Three paid speeches to Gold­man Sachs by US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton were re­leased by Wik­iLeaks on Oc­to­ber 15, fol­lowed by the pub­li­ca­tion of fur­ther doc­u­ments on Oc­to­ber 17.

Ms Clin­ton’s cam­paign did not con­test the au­then­tic­ity of the re­marks, part of a huge trove of doc­u­ments hacked from the emails of cam­paign chair John Podesta by Wik­iLeaks.

The Clin­ton camp has blamed the Rus­sian govern­ment for the hacks, a view shared by the US govern­ment, and ac­cused the anti-se­crecy web­site of seek­ing to help Ms Clin­ton’s Re­pub­li­can ri­val for the pres­i­dency Don­ald Trump.

Mr As­sange has spent more than four years liv­ing in Ecuador’s em­bassy in Lon­don, to avoid ar­rest and ex­tra­di­tion to Sweden over an al­le­ga­tion of rape.

The 45-year-old Aus­tralian and his sup­port­ers be­lieve the al­le­ga­tion is a guise to have Mr As­sange ex­tra­dited from Stock­holm to the US where he could be tried for pub­lish­ing govern­ment se­crets. –

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