Wikileaks confirmed in a tweet that Ecuador, which granted Julian Assange asylum at its embassy in London, cut off his Internet access.
It said it had activated the appropriate contingency plans.
UPDATE [10:38 AM EST]: WikiLeaks claims that Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Ecuador stop them from publishing documents damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the FARC peace negotiations back on September 26th. Ecuador has indicated that they still intend to host Assange, although they did not address the subject of his internet access in their tweet responding to the situation.
Assange had earlier this year pledged to release “very strong material” against Clinton which he said could provide evidence to bring an indictment against her.
Assange runs WikiLeaks from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry released a brief statement that didn’t mention the Internet cut off, but reaffirmed its decision to grant Assange asylum.
Correa, whose term will end next year, has said he is behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who he says he knows personally, in the United States presidential election.
The Ecuadoran government offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but the country’s foreign minister, Guillaume Long, said Assange remained under government protection.
‘For the good of the United States and the world. Clinton’s campaign, along with President Barack Obama’s administration, have accused WikiLeaks of cooperating with Russian hackers in an effort to raise questions about the legitimacy of the upcoming US presidential election. Assange’s role in the 2016 presidential contest has been highly controversial, with Democrats alleging that he has worked with Russian hackers to target Clinton because of Vladimir Putin’s preference for Donald Trump.
He said the Swedish investigation would eventually lead to his extradition to the United States to answer charges WikiLeaks released US classified material on the Internet.
The WikiLeaks claim follows the latest emails it disclosed from a hack of Democcratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, the BBC reported.