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Ecuador ‘Cuts Julian Assange’s Internet Access’ After Hillary Clinton Leaks | Telegraph


Ecuador has cut the internet connection of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy, the anti-secrecy group said, 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 Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speechs (sic),” the statement from WikiLeaks said.

Mr Assange has lived and worked in Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012, having been granted asylum there after a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female WikiLeaks supporters.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” WikiLeaks added. People close to WikiLeaks say that Mr Assange himself is the principal operator of the website’s Twitter feed.

The Ecuadoran government offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but the country’s foreign minister, Guillaume Long, said Mr Assange remained under government protection.

“The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain,” Mr Long said in a statement late on Monday.

Over the last two weeks, Democratic Party officials and US government agencies have accused the Russian government, including the country’s “senior-most officials,” of pursuing a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organisations ahead of the November 8 US presidential election.

Sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks say they believe WikiLeaks has acquired as many as 40,000-50,000 emails hacked from Mr Podesta.

Despite Mr Assange’s complaint that his internet connection was cut, WikiLeaks posted on Monday afternoon what it said was a fresh batch of Mr Podesta’s emails.

According to a summary of the latest emails posted on Russia Today, a media outlet with close links to the Russian government, highlights include campaign staff discussions about “galvanising Latino support” and about how to handle media queries about Mrs Clinton’s “flip-flopping” on gay marriage.

Mrs Clinton was hit with new allegations of corruption on Monday after it was suggested one of her close aides tried to pressure the FBI to change the classification level of one of her emails while the agency was investigating her.

Patrick Kennedy, the US State Department Undersecretary for Management, was said to have contacted the FBI to ask for the change, allegedly followed by discussion of a “quid pro quo”.

The FBI was investigating Mrs Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was US Secretary of State. She was ultimately not criminally charged.

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