Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Quito (AFP) – Ecuador said Tuesday it had cut the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at its London embassy, due to leaks by the anti-secrecy website that could impact the US election.

“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 Ecuadoran foreign ministry said in a statement.

In consequence, the ministry said, it decided to “temporarily restrict” communications at the embassy.

WikiLeaks has published a damaging trove of hacked emails from US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in recent weeks.

  • Brett_McS

    Ecuadorians are like that; very much into integrity. Also, they like to keep US foreign aide coming in, but that’s a side issue.

  • Exile1981

    How much pressure did Obama put them under? Either that or camp Hillary told them that when she steals the election they would be punished for allowing him to continue.

  • Clink9

    I don’t think they understand the emails aren’t just sitting around the embassy waiting for Assange to hit he send button.

  • pdxnag

    The suppression of speech is not consistent with the spirit of free speech.

  • xavier

    I’m curious as to what threats the Ecuadorians received. To me it was cut in foreign aid,some indictments for drugs.Sending Leo Dicaprio to harass them for their oil etc

    • Minicapt

      Compulsory broadcasting of “Girls”.


  • Alain

    I guess that means that Ecuadorians are voting Democrat in the election.

  • JaedoDrax

    Someone in charge at the embassy doesn’t seem to know:
    a) how the internet works
    b) how wikileaks works
    c) how the us media works

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Ecuador has adopted the U.S. dollar as its own currency. Fill in the blanks.

  • simus1

    There was some sort of flim flam effort recently by a NY “bank” re loaning out Equador’s meager remaining gold reserves for fun and profit that will surely rebound to the satisfaction of all concerned. Certainly great timing, nothing more.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Anyone want to guess where James Comey’s retirement family compound will be ?