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WikiLeaks Says Ecuador Cut Off Assange's Internet Access After New Clinton Leaks

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 10:40 AM

Ecuador cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet connection at its London embassy, according to the anti-secrecy group, which claimed the move was in response to the publication of documents related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, The Telegraph reports.

WikiLeaks, which originally announced it was only a state actor that was responsible, said Ecuador shut down Assange's internet access on Saturday evening shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches, but added: "We have activated the appropriate contingency plans."

Following the cutting off of the internet connection, WikiLeaks managed to post a new batch of documents hacked from the emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Democratic Party officials and U.S. government agencies have recently accused the Russian government of carrying out cyberattacks against Democratic Party organizations in an apparent attempt to influence the presidential election.

WikiLeaks denies any connection with a Russian hacking campaign, but has refused to disclose its sources for obtaining Democratic Party emails.

Assange has lived in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012 after having been granted asylum there when a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden for questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female WikiLeaks supporters.

The Ecuadoran government said that Assange remained under government protection, but did not respond to the accusation that it cut off his internet access.

Although the WikiLeaks announcement would appear to end speculation it was the American or British government that had shut down the internet access, Zero Hedge was unconvinced, pointing out that the incident comes just a few days after the Obama administration announced overt plans to escalate a cyber war with Russia over Moscow's alleged hacking.

The blog, which has a reputation of being conspiratorial and anti-establishment, went on to say that "clearly the Obama administration has applied sufficient pressure on the Ecuadorian government such that they have started to cave on their support of [Assange]."

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