There is a ton of speculation right now on the isolation of Julian Assange. He is hole up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. They have now restricted his internet access. This comes after the latest damaging Hillary Clinton email leaks. Coincidentally, there was a John Kerry visit to Ecuador as well. We are assured that there is no connection, that Ecuador just decided, on their on, to restrict Julian’s internet. That now begs the question as to just how isolated is Assange?
As Written By GONZALO SOLANO and RAPHAEL SATTER for the AP:
Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The foreign ministry said that while it stands by its 2012 decision to grant Assange asylum based on legitimate concerns he faces political persecution, it respects other nations’ sovereignty and doesn’t interfere or support any candidate in foreign elections.
“The decision to make this information public is the exclusive responsibility of the WikiLeaks organization,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The recognition of the reprimand comes less than 24 hours after WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had cut off Assange’s access to the Internet on Saturday after the publication of Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.
In follow-up messages posted Tuesday, the group claimed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had personally intervened to ask Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing documents about Clinton. Citing “multiple US sources,” WikiLeaks said the request was made on the sidelines of a visit by Kerry and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa last month to Colombia to show their support for a peace deal with leftist rebels.
The State Department denied the allegation and Correa’s leftist government said it was acting on its own and not ceding to foreign pressures. The foreign ministry didn’t specify the extent of the “temporary restrictions” on Assange, saying only that they wouldn’t affect WikiLeaks’ ability to carry out its journalistic activities.
“While our concerns about Wikileaks are longstanding, any suggestion ..
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