Julian Assange loses internet - Ecuador embassy pulls plug on Wikileaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy

Supporters of Assange and WikiLeaks took notice of government's decision to cut off Assange's internet access and have launched an online campaign urging the government to reverse its decision.

28 de marzo de 2018, 15:45Quito, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government has suspended the systems that allow Australian Julian Assange to communicate with the exterior.

Ecuador did not reveal which of Assange's recent communications was the reason for cutting off his access to the internet and social media.

Assange's Twitter account had no activity following a flurry of activity in which the controversial political figure talked about the arrest of a Catalan independentist politician and questioned Russia's involvement in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in England.

In 2016, Ecuador briefly suspended his internet connection for posting documents online that were seen as having an impact on the U.S. presidential election from which Donald Trump emerged the victor.

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He entered the building to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about allegations of sex crimes, which he has always denied. He remains wanted in Britain for jumping bail and also fears a possible US extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents. As there is not an extradition treaty between Britain and Ecuador, he can not be arrested inside the embassy.

The world-famous hacker agreed in late 2017 not to send any messages that could interfere with Ecuador's relations with other nations, the announcement said.

The embassy reportedly installed electronic jammers to block all communications on its premises hours after an individual representing Assange's interests was informed of "strong discomfort and concern that his declarations have caused in Ecuador's government", the source told RT.

Ecuador in December made Assange an Ecuadorean citizen and unsuccessfully tried to register him as a diplomat with immunity as part of its efforts to have the WikiLeaks founder leave the embassy without risk of being detained.

Mr Assange faces arrest by British authorities for breaching his bail terms should he step outside the embassy. "I have already fully served any theoretical (I haven't been charged) 'bail violation" whilst in prison and under house arrest. But Assange is not in the clear, as NPR's Colin Dwyer reported, because there is still an outstanding arrest warrant for him in the United Kingdom for "failing to surrender in court".

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