Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the Government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the US or British governments who have sparred with Mr Assange for releasing sensitive material.
- WikiLeaks say they have “activated appropriate contingency plans”
- Organisation has posted thousands of emails that it says belong to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta
- Mr Assange refuses to disclose WikiLeaks’ sources for hacked messages
“We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of (Hillary) Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speechs (sic),” the statement from WikiLeaks said.
The WikiLeaks organisation has posted what it said were thousands of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails this month, which included excerpts of Mrs Clinton’s bank speeches.
Mr Assange has lived and worked in Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012, having been granted asylum there after a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female WikiLeaks supporters.
WikiLeaks said Mr Assange lost internet connectivity on Sunday night.
“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” added the Twitter message.
People close to WikiLeaks say that Mr Assange himself is the principal operator of the website’s Twitter feed.
Assange refusing to disclose leaks source
Over the last two weeks, Democratic Party officials and US Government agencies have accused the Russian Government, including the country’s “senior-most officials”, of pursuing a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organisations ahead of the November 8 US presidential election.
WikiLeaks has been one of the most prominent internet outlets to post and promote hacked Democratic Party materials.
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While denying any connection with a Russian hacking campaign, Mr Assange has refused to disclose WikiLeaks’ sources for hacked Democratic Party messages.
Sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks say they believe WikiLeaks has acquired as many as 40,000 to 50,000 emails hacked from the personal accounts of Mr Podesta, the former White House advisor who now chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Despite Mr Assange’s complaint that his internet connection was cut, WikiLeaks posted on Monday afternoon what it said was a fresh batch of Podesta’s emails.
According to a summary of the latest emails posted on Russia Today, a media outlet with close links to the Russian Government, highlights include campaign staff discussions about “galvanizing Latino support” and about how to handle media queries about Mrs Clinton’s “flip-flopping” on gay marriage.