WikiLeaks: Ecuador Cut Off Assange’s Internet Access

Government (U.S.)

The founder of WikiLeaks can’t access the internet.

WikiLeaks tweeted Monday a “state party” severed Julian Assange’s access and the organization “activated the appropriate contingency plans.” The group later tweeted Ecuador cut off Assange's internet "shortly after the publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speechs [sic]."

Assange has been in living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for four years since Sweden issued a warrant for his arrest.

The tweets so far are the only confirmation of the loss of internet access, and BBC reports a woman at the embassy said she could not disclose any information.

The evening prior the WikiLeaks account tweeted out multiple messages with 64-character codes that lead some Twitter and Reddit users to speculate Assange was dead (he's not, according to this WikiLeaks volunteer). The tweets also reference U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ecuador and UK FCO, likely the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The codes are a cryptographic scheme to prove unreleased materials haven’t been tampered with, according to Gizmodo.

WikiLeaks has been releasing batches of emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and transcripts of Clinton's speeches. During a recent video chat Oct. 4, Assange said the organization plans to release election-related documents every week for the next 10 weeks.