Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder’s internet over US election interference

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/oct/19/wikileaks-ecuador-julian-assange-internet-access?google_editors_picks=true

Ecuador has confirmed that it cut off internet access to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, stating it believed he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election.

The move followed a raft of leaked emails published by WikiLeaks, including some from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released just before the party’s convention in July, and more recently a cache of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta.

On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying that the government of Ecuador“respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and had cut off the internet access available to Assange because “in recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the US election campaign”.

The statement also reaffirmed the asylum granted to Assange and reiterated its intention “to safeguard his life and physical integrity until he reaches a safe place”.

Assange’s internet access was cut off on Monday morning. It was not immediately clear who was responsible, though a tweet from the site’s official account claimed it had been “intentionally severed” by a “state party”.

It is not known who perpetrated the hacks that brought the emails to WikiLeaks. Assange’s organization styles itself a whistleblowing outfit and claims not to do or encourage any hacking itself.

Yet cybersecurity experts have linked the hack of the DNC emails to hackers tied to the Russian government, leading many – including Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook – to allege that Russia is using both hackers and Assange as tools to help rig the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

WikiLeaks was responsible for the release, in collaboration with several news organizations including the Guardian, of an explosive set of documents leaked by US army private Chelsea Manning, including a video titled Collateral Murder that showed a US air crew killing Iraqi civilians.

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden for two alleged sexual assaults in 2010 and is under investigation in the US under the Espionage Act.Manning, who leaked the information, is currently in military prison.

Assange has been encamped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since being granted asylum in 2012.

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ecuador blinked under immense pressure from the usa..they have to much on the line involving america to piss them off completely..

“The move followed a raft of leaked emails published by WikiLeaks, including some from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released just before the party’s convention in July, and more recently a cache of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta.”

whats next?

401

~ by seeker401 on October 20, 2016.

15 Responses to “Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder’s internet over US election interference”

  1. is he ‘dead’?… i guess we’ll never know until he reappears in the embassy apartment window

  2. good job if u can get it.. sit there whole day waiting on the buzzer – once you hear the word ‘Wikileaks’ – just hit the buzzer. how hard can that be?

  3. Pro-Hillary US State Dept ‘behind Assange internet cutoff’ – WikiLeaks activist to RT

    https://www.rt.com/news/363365-wikileaks-assange-state-dept-internet/

    Ecuador’s embassy in London cut off Julian Assange’s internet access after coming under pressure from the US State Department, which supports Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley told RT.
    “It’s quite a coincidence” that Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy for over four years, was left without internet on Saturday “shortly after Julian and WikiLeaks had published the Goldman Sachs speeches that Hillary had been giving,” Stoeckley said.

    “Obviously, the State Department is going to claim that they aren’t involved in this. They’ve lied in the past and they’ve also exaggerated many claims about what damage was done by the WikiLeaks. Where, in fact… there was no damage whatsoever. And it was, actually, just embarrassment,” he said.

    According to the activist, the State Department is rooting for Clinton in the US presidential election to take place on November 8.

    “It seems to me that the State Department, who’s chummy with Hillary Clinton because she was the Secretary of State (in 2009-2013), would try to control anything that might come out before this election,” he said.

    Despite the internet cutoff, “the relationship between Ecuador and WikiLeaks and Julian Assange is still very amicable. They’ve been a wonderful host for letting him be a guest for four years,” Stoeckley said.

    Stoeckley again urged Swedish authorities to drop sexual assault allegations against Assange to finally allow the WikiLeaks founder to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

  4. “Ecuador has confirmed that it cut off internet access to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, stating it believed he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election.”
    Because exposing the truth to the voting citizens is NEVER good for an election, doncha know…

  5. I often say that reality is a lot more interesting and bizarre than fiction. here’s an example…

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/the-bizarre-story-of-how-a-tiny-online-dating-site-accused-j

    mom&pop dating site claims they’ve been reviewed by chomsky and have special anti-rape software. none of the female pics on the site are real members, just pics copied for the internet.

    mom&pop dating site joins UN body. yes, that’s what i said.

    mom&pop dating site offers assange $1million to appear in an ad for their site. (assange is indicted, but not convicted, as a rapist). mom&pop dating site makes it clear the million dollars comes from …. the russian government!

    assange&co obviously say no thanks.

    next thing you know, assange is being accused of using the mom&pop site to contact an 8 year old girl in the bahamas and ‘groom’ her for molestation.

    ‘the internet’ starts looking at the mom&pop dating site’s details and finds… hillary clinton.

    who needs novels?🙂

  6. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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