Ecuadorian government restricted Assange's internet access

WikiLeaks has become an impactful force on the American presidential race after releasing documents faulting Hillary Clinton. Now, the Ecuadorian government revealed that in the wake of the recent leak, it has restricted the internet access of Julian Assange, the founder of the site who resides at its embassy in London.
Julian Assange Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Ecuador’s government confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that it has restricted the access of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to the Internet. Assange has been staying at the country's embassy in London since 2012 after he was granted diplomatic immunity. Recently, WikiLeaks released an array of e-mails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign including speeches she held in front of bankers.

The Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Ministry explained that while the state is not retracting the immunity it granted Assange, "the government of Ecuador respects the principle of nonintervention in the affairs of other countries. The ministry added that “the decision to release the information leaked was solely WikiLeaks’.”

John Kerry Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Assange's restriction from the Internet was initially revealed on WikiLeaks’ Twitter account earlier this week. According to insiders, Assange is personally in charge of the site's Twitter account.

WikiLeaks traced the restriction to a covert request from US Secretary of State John Kerry to the government of Ecuador during his visit to the country last month. The US State Department fully denied the notion: "Reports that Secretary Kerry had conversations with Ecuadorian officials about this are simply untrue."

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