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2016 Election Foreign Affairs

Why Ecuador Cut Off Assange’s Internet

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

Holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain four four years, the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange had his internet access shut down by the government of Ecuador two weeks after Assange leaked the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign head John Podesta.

“We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5 p.m. GMT, shortly after publication of (Hillary) Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches [sic],” the statement from WikiLeaks said.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” added the Twitter message on Monday. People close to WikiLeaks say that Assange himself is the principal operator of the website’s Twitter feed.

The removal of Assange’s internet access did not stop the Podesta emails from going out. Monday’s was delayed, but Tuesday’s batch went out in the morning as usual. It was just sent by others in the WikiLeaks organization, and the Ecuadorian govt. has given assurances that Assange’s asylum hasn’t been damaged.

Sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks say they believe WikiLeaks has acquired as many as…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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