Ecuador admits to cutting-off Assange's internet

Politics 10/19/2016, 6:38 AM
Ecuador admits to cutting-off Assange's internet

Ecuador came out with a statement on Wednesday, saying that it “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and does not interfere in foreign elections. As a result thereof, the country said it has “temporarily” disabled in internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for over four years as an asylum seeker. Ecuador pointed out the internet access restriction does not prevent WikiLeaks from publishing more documents.

Over the weekend, WikiLeaks announced Assange’s internet access is being restricted by a “state actor.”

Assange was cut-off from his connection to the public after WikiLeaks started publishing the transcripts of speeches Hillary Clinton gave on Wall Street, including one given to Goldman Sachs. The group of whistle-blowers has also been publishing a number of the Clinton presidential campaign documents.

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks claimed that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used the Colombian peace process to ask Ecuador to put a halt to the publishing of documents related to Hillary Clinton.

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