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Ecuador government admits it shut down Julian Assange’s internet access

The Ecuadorian government has officially confirmed that it “temporarily restricted” the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Ecuadorian government’s statement on the internet restriction…

“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate.”

“Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom. This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.”

The statement also goes to ease fears that Ecuador may turn Assange over to the US government…

“The asylum granted to Julian Assange and reiterates its intention to safeguard his life and physical integrity until he reaches a safe place.”

The suspicion and worry that Ecuador is cracking under immense pressure to turn Assange over to American authorities started when WikiLeaks blamed the U.S. government for silencing Assange, specifically pointing a finger at Secretary of State John Kerry.

WikiLeaks tweeted…

“The John Kerry private meeting with Ecuador was made on the sidelines of the negotiations which took place pricipally on Sep 26 in Colombia.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby the denied Wikileaks’ allegation.

“While our concerns about WikiLeaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down WikiLeaks is false. Reports that Secretary Kerry had conversations with Ecuadorian officials about this are simply untrue. Period.”

WikiLeaks has maintained that “multiple US sources tell us [US Secretary of State] John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations.”

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