Plea to pres­i­dent over in­ter­net ban on As­sange

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THE Ecuado­rian pres­i­dent is be­ing urged to re­verse a ban on Wik­ileaks founder Ju­lian As­sange us­ing the in­ter­net or re­ceiv­ing vis­i­tors.

Among those sign­ing a let­ter to Lenin Moreno are ac­tress Pamela An­der­son, mu­si­cian Brian Eno, fash­ion de­signer Vivi­enne West­wood and for­mer Greek min­is­ter Ya­nis Varo­ufakis.

The ap­peal has been co-or­di­nated by cam­paign group the Courage Foun­da­tion.

The Ecuado­rian Gov­ern­ment de­cided ear­lier this week to stop Ju­lian As­sange us­ing the in­ter­net or so­cial me­dia from its em­bassy in London.

Mr As­sange has been liv­ing there for al­most six years, be­liev­ing he will be ex­tra­dited to the US for ques­tion­ing over the ac­tiv­i­ties of Wik­ileaks if he leaves.

The in­ter­net ban came in the wake of a tweet from Ju­lian As­sange about the re­cent de­ten­tion of Cata­lan pres­i­dent Car­les

Puidge­mont in Ger­many.

The let­ter reads: “If there is no free­dom of speech for Ju­lian As­sange, there is no free­dom of speech for any of us – re­gard­less of the dis­parate opin­ions we hold.”

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