Assange’s internet cut by ‘state party’
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. –