Monday, 23 July, 2018

Ecuador Cutting Off WikiLeaks Founder's Communications

Julian Assange Ecuadoran Embassy in London cuts off Julian Assange's Internet
Rosie Leonard | 30 March, 2018, 00:51

aECUADOR has stripped WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his internet connection after he discussed issues which the government claims could damage the country's diplomatic relations on social media.Mr Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012.

The government of Ecuador suspends communications from Julian Assange.

"This decision was taken due to Assange's failure to commit to the written agreement he agreed with the government at the end of 2017, where he was obligated not to release any messages that would interfere with other countries' matters", it continues. He has hidden away claiming he could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges over WikiLeaks revelations, but he is also wanted by British police for skipping bail. Swedish authorities have since shelved their investigation on grounds they could not get access to him.

Assange also criticized the arrest of Carles Puigdemont, a politician and journalist who declared Catalan independence from Spain past year.

Sweden dropped its investigation past year, but British authorities say they still want to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions. But in its communique Wednesday, the South American nation seemed to be saying that enough was enough.

Earlier, former Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis and musician Brian Eno said in a statement they had heard "with great concern" about the lost internet access and ban on visitors.

"Only extraordinary pressure from the United States and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador's authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian", they said. In October 2016, days after the US presidential election, Ecuador said it was temporarily restricting Assange's access in response to leaks of documents that it says impacted the vote. In the summer of 2016, the anti-secrecy site published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

The country says that Assange's behavior could jeopardize its relationship with other countries, though it doesn't point toward any specific tweet as the reason for its decision.

Being a critical commentator and politicallly persecuted, Assange usually comments on global affairs on his Twitter account.

That comment went down like a bucket of cold sick with the UK government with UK Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan responded to his comments by branding the Australian a "miserable little worm" who needs to turn himself over to authorities.

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