Julian Assange Has Lost His Internet Access

Ecuador is punishing WikiLeaks founder for tweets about ex-spy's poisoning
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2018 6:49 PM CDT
In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange closes a window after greeting supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(Newser) – Much like a child caught blowing off his math homework, Julian Assange has lost his internet privileges. USA Today reports Ecuador announced Wednesday it had cut off the WikiLeaks founder's internet access. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, avoiding alternately extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations and the US for the activities of WikiLeaks, according to the BBC. Engadget reports Assange had a written agreement with Ecuador to not get involved in the affairs of other countries. Ecuador apparently feels Assange violated that agreement this week.

A document from the Ecuadorian government says Assange's recent Twitter activity "puts at risk the good relations that the country maintains with the United Kingdom." Assange had questioned if Russia was in fact responsible for poisoning an ex-spy and his daughter earlier this month and criticized the UK and other countries for retaliatory moves against Moscow. That led a British minister to call Assange a "miserable little worm" and Assange to respond that it's better to be a worm "than a snake." Assange briefly lost his internet access in 2016 after he published hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign. (Read more Julian Assange stories.)

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