Ecuador cuts Julian Assange’s internet access

Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in Berlin, Germany, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the U.S. or British governments who have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material.

“Deflecting blame”, like the US didn’t put any pressure on Ecuador.

WikiLeaks Just DUMPED EVERYTHING – Historic Activity by Wikileaks

Worth reading. Some unfounded supposition but seems a good overall picture of the situation.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Ecuador got breathed-on by the Obama administration.
    We are now politically corrupt to the core.
    Thanks Dems!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They can breathe all they want.
      The information is there and it will come out.

      • Alain

        Yes, but they will ensure they get their zombie into the WH before it can happen. The timing is the issue I think.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Sensitive material, embarrassing is more like it.

  • Jay Currie

    Lots of rumours on this. Including the rumour that 14 other Wiki-leaks people have lost their internet and phone access.

    Which is hugely risky for the Obama Administration and the HRC campaign. Two things: first, Wiki-leaks has been planning this for a long time and it is very unlikely that they have not got several back ups of the material they want to release. Second, if the full weight of the American state is being dropped on Wiki-leaks there must be some really damning stuff in there.

    • V10_Rob

      Dead-man plans are surely also a part of it, releases that will occur if Assange or his network are silenced (biologically or technologically). That seems to be the speculation about the series of file hash codes they tweeted out.

      “These are the unique (and damaging) files we have in our possession, ready for release in a safe place. Those who control the originals know what’s in them. They are our insurance policy against assassination (or ‘accidents’), and will remain unreleased as long as nothing happens to us.”

      That sort of thing.

    • Clausewitz

      I fear a mass suicide is in the offing. Foster style.

  • andycanuck

    Read this Twitter thread for fun of a Verizon bot responding to an Assange comment; and some genuine information lower on in the thread:

  • Dana Garcia

    Hasn’t Assange planned on this sort of thing and deposited various files on thumb drives distributed to associates?

    • Perhaps, but the general thought is that Assange has a dead man switch in place that he must periodically physically prevent from releasing the files and their encryption keys. That way is anything happens to him or any/all of his associates, the release still happens. Last night they somehow uploaded the mother lode to the torrent sites and tweeted 3 keys to unlock specific portions of that file. If anything happens to Assange, the only things that need to be made public are the remaining keys to unlock the rest of the file.

      Someone had to have that data so they could upload it away from the embassy, since the internet service was cut – wouldn’t it be funny if Pam Anderson was a mule for smuggling out a thumb drive, instead of the accused poisoner?

  • mauser 98
  • The file is 88 G, a monster, and I’m downloading it now. The encryption keys have been put online to unlock portions pertaining to the UK, Ecuador and John Kerry, who are the 3 entities involved here. Apparently the file contains a lot of other information, and if anything happens to Assange the keys to open the entire file will be made public.

    • Clink9

      If this was a movie nobody would believe it.

    • Brett_McS

      Good show, Nightmouse!

    • BillyHW

      So what’s in it? What’s going on?

      • Because it’s a torrent, the download is slow and the file can’t be viewed at all until it’s complete. People with high speed connections should be able to start examining it today, and we will post the details here as they are revealed.

  • Obama, Kerry, and Her Royal Thighness really put their collective* foot in it this time – especially with the third debate coming up on Wednesday.

    *See what I did there? 😉