Ecuador Admits They Cut Assange's Internet to Stop Him From Influencing U.S. Election

Chris Menahan
Oct. 19, 2016

Ecuador issued a statement yesterday saying they cut off Julian Assange's internet connection in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to prevent him from influencing the US election.

Their statement reads in full:
Official Communiqué

Ecuador granted political asylum to Julian Assange in 2012 based on his legitimate fears of political persecution because of his journalistic activities as the editor of WikiLeaks.

In recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the U.S. election campaign. This decision was taken exclusively by that organization.

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.

Ecuador, in accordance with its tradition of defending human rights and protecting the victims of political persecution, reaffirms the asylum granted to Julian Assange and reiterates its intention to safeguard his life and physical integrity until he reaches a safe place.

Ecuador’s foreign policy responds to sovereign decisions alone and does not yield to pressure from other states.
Wikileaks said yesterday on Twitter: "Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations."

"The John Kerry private meeting with Ecuador was made on the sidelines of the negotiations which took place pricipally [sic] on Sep 26 in Colombia," they wrote in a follow up Tweet.

There's no question this was done to protect Crooked. The leaks are too damaging and the truth is bringing her down.

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