WikiLeaks Says Who Cut Assange's Internet, but Not Why

Says Ecuador turned it off after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2016 12:56 AM CDT
WikiLeaks: Ecuador Cut Off Julian Assange's Internet
In this Oct. 4, 2016, photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the group.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Things appear to be getting tense between Julian Assange and the Ecuadorian Embassy where he's been holed up since 2012. WikiLeaks—which sparked rumors of Assange's death with odd "dead man's switch tweets" Sundaytweeted Monday that Ecuador had cut off Assange's internet on Saturday, "shortly after publication of Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches." It's not clear why the WikiLeaks founder had his internet access removed, and neither WikiLeaks nor the embassy would comment on the matter, the BBC reports. WikiLeaks also released more emails from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

Earlier Monday, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had "activated the appropriate contingency plans" after Assange's connection was "intentionally severed by a state party." Whatever the problem is, it looks like it won't affect Assange's status as a guest in the London embassy. Reuters reports that Ecuador's foreign minister says Assange is still under government protection because the "circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain." One possible source of tension: Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, who offered asylum to Assange, has said he supports Hillary Clinton for president. (More WikiLeaks stories.)

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