The Ecuadorian government in an official released report admitted that it disconnected the internet connection used by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after WikiLeaks “published a wealth of documents, impacting on the US election campaign” the statement, said.
“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.”
The actions taken “temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom,” the Ecuadorian government stated, adding, “This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.”
“Ecuador’s foreign policy responds to sovereign decisions alone and does not yield to pressure from other states,” the statement concluded.
However it still raises questions about the timing and convenient meeting by John Kerry with Ecuadorian officials recently alleged by Wikileaks.
John Kerry was in Colombia on September 26 to attend the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist group.
The U.S. State Dept denied the allegations saying, “While our concerns about Wikileaks are longstanding any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down Wikileaks is false.” Also adding that the “reports that Secretary Of State John Kerry had a meeting with Ecuadorian Officials about shutting down Assange’s internet were also false” State Dept, spokesperson John Kirby, said.
The move was in response to the organization's publication of another batch of leaked emails related to US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5 pm GMT, shortly after [the] publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs [speeches]," WikiLeaks tweeted.Assange has been living in Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012, when he was granted asylum by the Ecuador government after a British court ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning on a rape allegation.
Assange fears that if extradited to Sweden, he would eventually be extradited to the United States, where he is facing federal charges for his role in obtaining and publishing classified information.
The Ecuadorian government offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but a source at the Ecuadorian Ministry in Ecuador told the Press Association:
"Ecuador will continue to protect Julian Assange and uphold the political asylum granted to him in 2012."It all started last week when the anti-secrecy group released three transcripts of Mrs. Clinton's paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, which the Democratic National Committee (DNC) campaign had long refused to release.
The leak revealed that in Goldman Sachs conference, Clinton said she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.
WikiLeaks Posted New Series of Leaked Emails
WikiLeaks has posted and promoted hacked Democratic Party material in past few months. While the organization denied any connection with a Russian hacking group, Assange has refused to disclose the sources for hacked DNC emails.
According to sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group has acquired between 40,000 and 50,000 emails hacked from the personal accounts of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta.
Despite the fact that Assange's Internet connection was cut, WikiLeaks published on Monday afternoon what the organization claimed was a fresh batch of Podesta's emails.
Clinton has been hit with new allegations of corruption, according to the new leaks, which suggested one of her close aides tried to force the FBI to change the classification level of one of her emails while the federal agency was investigating her.
Well, let's see what comes next.