Ecuador cuts internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
30 March, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been barred from using the Internet or receiving visitors at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for almost six years, the Ecuadoran government announced Wednesday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to supporters outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in self-imposed exile since 2012.
The South American nation accuses him of failing to commit to an agreement not to release messages interfering with other nations' affairs, CNNreported. He tweeted again five minutes later before his feed went silent.
Assange might take comfort in the fact that the Russian government's online fake news press arm Sputnik news claims that the whole world supports him and feels that Ecuador should allow him to continue to help him carry out his defence of Mr Putin.
The Government of Ecuador warns that Assange's behavior, with his messages through social media, puts the good relations that the country has with the United Kingdom, the rest of the states of the European Union, and other nations at risk. The initiative is being led by Suzie Dawson, leader of the New Zealand Internet Party, and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.
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Assange originally took refuge in Ecuador's Embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced charges of sexual assault. Last year Ecuador granted the 46-year-old citizenship and sought to register him as a diplomat in a bid to solve the stand off with the U.K. Britain's Foreign Office rejected the petition a day later.
However, the BBC says the move came after Assange "questioned accusations that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter".
In 2016, Ecuador briefly suspended his internet connection for posting documents online that were seen as having an impact on the United States presidential election from which Donald Trump emerged the victor.
In response, Assange tweeted that he indeed must be miserable due to being "a political prisoner, detained without charge for 8 years", and that it is better to be a worm, "a healthy creature that invigorates the soil", than a snake. "So why is there a warrant for my arrest?"
"It is of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador embassy". He remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail and also fears a possible USA extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.
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