“We will release a statement tomorrow about Assange, our editor is safe and still in full command despite reduced communications with staff.”
According to WikiLeaks, Ecuador has prevented its founder Assange from having an Internet connection in his London embassy home. The group claims the loss of Internet connection is in response to WikiLeaks’s publishing of documents related to Hillary Clinton.
In a statement WikiLeaks said:
“We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speech” (1).
Top Secret Writers asks, is Julian Assange under siege by the Ecuador, or is it all show?
The WikiLeaks’s founder has lived and worked in the Ecuador Embassy in London since June 2012. He was granted asylum at the Embassy following an order from a British court for Assange to be extradited to Sweden to be questioned about an alleged sexual molestation incidence.
Ecuador granted Assange political asylum based on the WikiLeaks’s founder’s fears of political persecution due to his journalistic activities.
Restricting Assange’s Internet
A tweet from the official Twitter account in English of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, stated the Ecuador government has:
“Exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom.”
In the statement released on Twitter by Foreign Affairs Ecuador, it is noted that the temporary restriction placed on Assange does not prevent WikiLeaks from conducting its journalistic activities.
Interestingly, accordingly to some close WikiLeaks’s sources, Assange is the principle operator of the organization’s Twitter feed. If this is the case, as one Twitter user asked in response to the tweet announcing Assange’s reduced communications with staff, who is running WikiLeaks if its editor can’t access the internet?
Furthermore, it could also be argued, if Assange doesn’t have access to the Internet, who posted the tweet informing about the limited online access in the Ecuador Embassy in London?
Staged or real, the decision to assuage Assange and WikiLeaks by temporarily restricting Internet access follows the raft of leaked emails targeting Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
The publication of the leaked emails included some sent by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prior to the Democrat’s Convention in July. The leaked emails showed how DNC emails revealed how some members of the Democrats had supported Clinton over Sanders (2), despite making public pledges to remain neutral throughout the Democratic leader election campaign.
Following the DNC emails, WikiLeaks also exposed emails from Hillary Clinton’s account from campaign adviser John Podesta.
In its official statement, the Ecuador government said that while it “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of the other states,”, it had stopped Assange’s access to the Internet due to the wealth of documents WikiLeaks had published in recent weeks, which had been “impacting the US election campaign.”
It seems Ecuador has deliberately cut off Assange’s Internet access in his home in the Ecuador Embassy in London due to the impact WikiLeaks’ revelations are having on the presidential election campaign. However, like how Top Secret Writers asked in a recent piece titled ‘Does Assange Really Have an October Surprise for Clinton?’ could it be that Assange and WikiLeaks may be attempting to stir up more trouble in the dying weeks of the election campaign to be the next president of the United States? What are your thoughts on the subject? (3)
References & Image Credits:
(1) The Telegraph
(2) TSW: Clinton Supporters Become Conspiracy Theorists Following DNC Email Hack
(3) TSW: Does Assange Really Have an October Surprise for Clinton